US Mall Shooting Claims 9 Lives, Including 27-Year-Old Hyderabad Woman

Written by Ravi Varman
- Updated: May 9, 2023

On May 7, 2023, a mass shooting occurred at the Allen Premium Outlets in Dallas, Texas, in which nine people were killed. Among the victims was Aishwarya Thatikonda, a 27-year-old Indian-origin engineer from McKinney, Texas, who was shopping with a friend when the gunman opened fire. The shooter, identified as Mauricio Garcia, acted alone and was shot dead by a police officer who rushed towards the gunfire. The incident marks the second-deadliest shooting of the year in the United States.

Here are some key points about the shooting:

  • Aishwarya Thatikonda was among the nine people killed in a mass shooting at a mall in Dallas, Texas, on May 7, 2023.
  • The shooting started around 3:30 pm on Saturday as crowds of shoppers filled the outdoor mall.
  • Mauricio Garcia, the 33-year-old gunman, acted alone and killed nine people before being shot dead by a police officer.
  • Aishwarya was the daughter of a district judge in Ranga Reddy district court in India and had been working in Texas for more than two years.
  • The Consulate General of India in Houston expressed condolences to her family and stated that they were closely monitoring the situation and rendering all possible assistance.
  • Texas has the second-largest Indian-American population in the US as of 2020, and the state had 19,382 Indian students in 2021.
  • The shooting occurred just a couple of weeks before the first anniversary of the Uvalle, Texas, School massacre when 19 children and two adults were killed by a gunman at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022.

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