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Allen Texas mall mass shooting- Aishwarya Thatikonda, an Indian engineer, among victims

ALLEN, Texas — A young security guard and an engineer from India were among the victims of Saturday’s deadly shooting at a shopping mall near Dallas, in the U.S state of Texas.

At least eight people were killed in a mass shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets mall in Allen, Texas, on Saturday, May 6. 

Several others were injured and are being treated at hospitals.

The suspected gunman, identified as Mauricio Garcia, was fatally shot by an officer at the scene, according to police.

Police are now investigating whether the attacker was motivated by right-wing extremist ideology.

While information about the victims is still trickling out in the wake of the shooting, two of the dead have so far been identified.

Aishwarya Thatikonda Credit: Family photo

Local news outlet WFAA has confirmed confirmed that Aishwarya Thatikonda was one of the victims killed.

She was an engineer who lived in McKinney, while her family resides in India.

A family representative said she was with a friend at the outlet mall when the shooting occurred. Her friend was injured in the shooting and is currently stable in the hospital.

According to the representative, the family plans to have her body sent to India.

Ms Thatikonda’s LinkedIn profile shows that she graduated with an undergraduate degree in civil engineering in India in 2018, before receiving a Master’s degree in construction management from Eastern Michigan University in the US in 2020.

For the last two years, she was working for a Dallas-based contracting firm.

One of the other victims of the attack was Christian LaCour, a 20-year-old security guard.

The Korean Consulate in Dallas confirmed that Mr Cho and Ms Kang were both killed in the massacre, along with their three-year-old son, according to DailyMail.

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