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    Texas Mall Shooter Booted from Army After 3 Months, Service Says

    Texas Mall Shooter Booted from Army After 3 Months, Service Says

    The suspected gunman who killed eight people and injured at least seven others in an Allen, Texas, mall shooting Saturday was separated from the after three months, according to a service spokesperson. He never completed initial entry training.

    The Texas Department of Safety, which is conducting the investigation into the shooting, identified 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia as the gunman who opened fire at the outlet mall just north of Dallas.

    Garcia joined the in June 2008 and was separated that same fall under a chapter that includes “designated physical or mental conditions,” according to a service spokesperson speaking on background.

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    “He was not awarded a military occupational specialty. He had no deployments or awards,” an Army public affairs spokesperson told Military.com via email Monday. “We do not provide characterization of discharge for any soldier.”

    Rolling Stone reported Sunday that the reviewed Garcia's social media accounts, which revealed “hundreds of postings and images to include writings with racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist rhetoric, including neo-Nazi materials and material espousing the supremacy of the white race,” citing an FBI bulletin.

    Garcia was also reportedly wearing a patch with the letters “RWDS,” or “right wing death squad,” which is popular among extremists encouraging violence. The FBI…

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