Texas mall shooting may have been hate crime, US media say

US media report that a fatal shooting at a shopping mall in the southern state of Texas is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

A 33-year-old man opened fire at the mall in the suburbs of Dallas on Saturday, killing eight people and injuring seven. He was shot dead by a police officer who rushed to the scene.

The Washington Post reports that a patch on the suspect's chest said "RWDS," which stands for "Right Wing Death Squad."

The newspaper says the phrase is popular among white supremacists, neo-Nazis and rightwing extremists.

The Associated Press reports that "federal agents have been reviewing social media accounts they believed were used by" the suspect and "posts that expressed interest in white supremacist and neo-Nazi views."

US President Joe Biden issued a statement on Sunday and urged Congress to tighten gun control, saying "we need more action, faster to save lives."