Aishwarya Thatikonda, a 27-year-old woman from Hyderabad, was one of nine individuals who lost their lives in a shooting incident at a shopping mall north of Dallas, Texas on Saturday. Aishwarya was employed as an engineer and project manager at a private company in Texas. She was at the mall with her friends when the shooter, identified as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, opened fire on shoppers using a semi-automatic rifle. Prompt response from a nearby officer led to the “neutralization” of the shooter at the large facility in Allen, according to local authorities and news agency AFP. The incident highlights the alarming frequency of deadly gun violence in the United States, with the country having experienced 199 mass shootings this year alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
A tragic shooting incident at a Texas mall claims the life of a woman from Hyderabad
Aishwarya Thatikonda, a 27-year-old woman from Hyderabad, was among the nine individuals who lost their lives during a shooting incident at an outlet mall located north of Dallas on May 6th, 2023. The incident occurred when a man armed with a gun opened fire on shoppers, and Aishwarya and her friends were present at the mall during the attack. Aishwarya’s father, Tatikonda Narsireddy, is an additional district judge currently serving at the Ranga Reddy District Commercial Courts complex in Hyderabad.
The tragic incident has left Aishwarya’s family and friends in shock and disbelief. Aishwarya was a promising young engineer and had been working as a project manager at a private company in Texas.
The victim was identified as Aishwarya Thatikonda, a project manager working in Texas
According to ABP Desam reports, Aishwarya and her friends were at the mall when a man armed with a gun opened fire on shoppers. Video footage of the incident showed the shooter emerging from a sedan in the parking lot of the outlet mall on Saturday, using a semi-automatic rifle to indiscriminately shoot at pedestrians. Local authorities and news agency AFP reported that a nearby officer, who was attending an unrelated call, responded promptly and neutralized the shooter.
The incident has left seven individuals dead at the scene, including the shooter, while two more individuals succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. Three individuals are undergoing critical surgery, and four are in stable condition, according to Allen fire chief Jonathan Boyd.
Gun violence in the US continues to be a growing concern
This tragic incident adds to the disconcerting pattern of deadly gun violence in the United States. The United States has already experienced 199 mass shootings in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-governmental organization that defines a mass shooting as an incident resulting in four or more individuals being wounded or killed. The alarming frequency of such incidents continues to raise concerns about gun violence in the country.
US President Joe Biden has called on the US Congress to end the “epidemic” of gun violence in the country with a ban on assault weapons. However, the issue of gun control remains a highly debated and polarizing topic in the United States.
In conclusion, the tragic incident at the Texas mall has left Aishwarya’s family and friends mourning the loss of a promising young woman. It also underscores the need for addressing the issue of gun violence in the United States.
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