Texas mall shooting suspect’s alleged extremism part of growing trend in US: DHS bulletin

DHS says the U.S. remains in a “heightened threat environment.”

The suspect accused of shooting and killing eight people at a mall in Allen, Texas, earlier this month “fixated on mass shootings and held views consistent with racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist … ideologies,” according to a new bulletin released Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security.

“Recent tragic events highlight the continued heightened threat environment our nation faces, and these threats are driven by violent extremists who seek to further their ideological beliefs and personal grievances,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Officials said it is a pattern they have seen in the United States and internationally.