Did the Texas mall gunman, Mauricio Garcia, kill only people of Chinese descent because he was anti-Asian?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Texas Mall Gunman Killed Only Chinese People!
People are sharing a photo of an Asian family, together with a photo of them lying dead on the ground, claiming that the Texas mall gunman was killing only people of Chinese descent, because he was anti-Asian!
Out of respect to the deceased and their families, I will not be sharing the photo that shows them lying on the floor after being shot dead.
Instead, let me share with you this photo by Jon Raedle of Getty Images which conveys the deep grief of yet another American community traumatised by senseless gun violence.
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Truth : Texas Mall Gunman Did Not Kill Chinese People At All!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by pro-CCP netizens, and promoted / shared by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and its supporters, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Viral Photos Were From 2023 Texas Mall Shooting
The two viral photos were from the recent mass shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas, which happened on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
Let me give you some context on this shooting, since mass shootings happen so often in the United States, it’s easy to mix up the details.
At 3:36 PM that day, 33 year-old Mauricio Martinez Garcia got out of his silver Dodge Charger, and started shooting at a crowd in the parking lot before making his way into the mall.
Armed with three guns and protected by a ballistic vest, he shot 15 people in just three to four minutes using an AR-15 style rifle.
The Allen Police Department was notified at 3:40 PM, but fortunately, there was an officer who was already at the mall on a different call. He engaged the shooter and killed him within minutes of hearing the gunshots. Otherwise, many more people would have been killed or injured.
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Fact #2 : No Chinese People Were Killed
The claim that he killed an entire Chinese family is nonsense – no Chinese people were killed in the Texas mall massacre.
Out of the 15 people Mauricio Garcia shot, eight were killed while seven were wounded, with three in critical condition. None of them are known to be of Chinese ethnicity.
Here is what we know so far about the eight people who were killed in the Texas mall mass shooting:
Three Members Of The Cho Family
Three members of a Korean American family were killed – husband Cho Kyu Song, 37, and his wife, Cindy Cho (nee Kang Shin Young), 35, as well as three year-old James Cho.
Their eldest son, William Cho, who just celebrated his sixth birthday four days before the tragedy, is the only surviving member of their family. He was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries, but his family members have recently confirmed that the schoolboy has been moved out of the ICU.
Two Members Of The Mendoza Family
Daniela Mendoza, 10, and her 8 year-old sister, Sofia, were killed by Mauricio Garcia. Their mother, Ilda Mendoza, remains in critical condition.
The two sisters are elementary school students at the Wylie Independent School District. Daniela was in fourth grade, while her sister was in second grade.
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20 year-old Christian LaCour worked as a security guard at Allen Premium Outlets, who died while trying to save lives.
According to City of Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey, he evacuated one individual to safety, and was shot while “courageously remaining to help others”.
27 year-old Aishwarya Thatikonda moved from Hyderabad, India, to Dallas five years ago to pursue her master’s degree at the Eastern Michigan University, and then worked for the last two years as a Project Engineer at Perfect General Contractors. She was just a few days away from turning 28.
Her friend who was shopping with her that day was injured in the shooting, but is currently in a stable condition in the hospital.
32 year-old Elio Cumana-Rivas was the final victim to be identified on Monday, 8 May 2023.
Hailing from Venezuela, he worked as a delivery man in Texas to support his family back home.
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Fact #3 : Texas Mall Gunman Appears To Be A Neo Nazi
It is currently unknown why Mauricio Garcia decided to commit that senseless act of violence, but initial investigation showed that he was a neo-Nazi with mental health issues.
His profile on the Russian social media website, Odnoklassniki / OK.RU, included language praising Hitler, and references to neo-Nazi websites like The Daily Stormer. He posted multiple photos of his tattoos, which include the Nazi swastika and the SS sig runes. He also shared photos of people dressed in Nazi attire, with the caption, “My kind of people”.
Many of his posts also referred to his mental health. When he enlisted in June 2008, the Army quickly discharged him three months later before he could even complete his initial entry training for “mental health reasons”.
He also made a lot of misogynistic posts, complaining about women and making remarks common in the incel (involuntary celibate) community. He also praised the incel gunman who was responsible for the 2014 mass murder spree in Isla Vista, California.
Three weeks before the shooting, he posted more than two dozen photos of the Allen Premium Outlets, including details of the mall’s peak times. On 21 April, he posted a photo of the vest he would eventually wear on the day of the shooting – it had a Right Wing Death Squad (RWDS) patch.
In his final post, he lamented what his family might say about his actions, and wrote that no psychologist would have been able to fix him.
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Fact #4 : This Is Shameless Chinese Propaganda
This is yet another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) or pro-CCP netizens. Only they are so callous as to abuse a tragedy just to promote their agenda. Shameless. Truly shameless.
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