Garcia, neo-Nazi who was living in a Budget Inn in Texas, killed eight people and injured five others outside the H&M store at Allen Premium Outlets in Texas on Saturday afternoon.
A police officer who was at the scene responding to another call shot Garcia dead when he heard the shots.
While his motive remains unconfirmed, law enforcement sources say now-deleted social media pages show he had neo-Nazi interests. ABC 30 Dallas also reports that he served in the military in 2008 but was removed over mental health concerns.
The US Army has not provided anymore information. Neighbors say they believe Garcia was working as a security guard but it’s unclear if he held a job in the mall or at another store.
CNN reports that he had a license to work as a security guard in Texas between 2016 and 2020, but that the license expired.
According to the Washington Post, a patch the gunman was wearing on his chest alluded to his extremist ideologies – although no formal motive has been released.
The patch read ‘RWDS’ which is an acronym for ‘Right Wing Death Squads.’
This comes after new audio revealed how the heroic officer made a frantic phone call begging for his colleagues to join him on the scene, radioing: ‘I need everybody I got.’
Survivors have also recalled being saved by a hero shop worker who locked them in a bathroom closet before being killed themselves.
She began her impromptu shopping trip by pulling up to the same H&M store where Garcia would arrive in his own car moments later and open fire. Lee said it ‘sounded like a warzone’ as frantic shoppers started fleeing from the hail of bullets.
In the chaos that ensued, the unnamed store associate gathered a frantic Lee and 12 others, including several children, and hid them inside the store’s bathroom closet. The worker then left the group, and Lee hours later was escorted out by police.