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A gunman in College Station, Texas was killed by the police on Monday after he allegedly murdered a law-enforcement officer and a 65-year-old male civillian.
Constable Brian Bachmann, 41, a Brazos County sheriff's deputy since 1993, was allegedly shot and killed after he served an eviction notice to the rented house close to the Texas A&M campus. 4 others were wounded in the incident. The civilian victim has yet to be identified.
(See below for live updates.)
The gunman was confirmed by the police to be in his mid-thirties, but police have yet to confirm his identity.
Texas A&M reports that police took a gunman into custody 15 minutes after issuing a "Code Maroon" alert at 12:29 this afternoon.
An alert distributed electronically to students, faculty and staff warned people to stay away from the intersection of Welborn Road and George Bush Drive and part of Fidelity Drive in College Station, Texas, according to CNN. The message also told residents in the area, which is near the school's football stadium, to stay indoors.
The Atlantic Wire writes that the shooter appeared to be firing a weapon from a home in the area. Scott McCollum, College Station's assistant chief of police, said the shooter's address is 211 Fidelity St., College Station, Texas.
Texas A&M spokesperson Sherylon Carroll said campus was relatively quiet as classes do not begin until Aug. 27. Texas A&M is the sixth largest university in the country and is home to more than 50,000 students.
This story is developing.
08/13/2012 6:02 PM EDT
EXCLUSIVE: Mother Has 'Suspicions' Her Son, Thomas A. Caffall, Is The A&M Shooter
The shooting suspect appears to be Thomas A. Caffall, 35, although that information could not be immediately confirmed with local police.
Officials with College Park police department described the shooter as a 35-year-old male.
Caffall is listed in public records as a resident at 211 Fidelity St. in College Station, which police identified as the shooter's house, and is 35-years-old.
Caffall's mother, Linda Weaver, reached by phone by The Huffington Post, said she believed the shooter was her son.
"We have not been notified by the authorities yet, but our suspicions are that it is my son," Weaver said. "We are just devastated. He's been very deeply troubled."
Weaver said her son had been having "difficulties" with his mental health in recent years.
"The minute I saw the TV I knew it was him," she said. "I've been that worried about him."
She added that she was horrified at the loss of life. "If you're going to commit suicide, why take all these other people with you?" she said.
-- John Rudolf, Huffington Post Reporter
08/13/2012 5:53 PM EDT
CONFIRMED: Gunman In Shooting Was Being Served An Eviction Notice
College Station Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum confirmed earlier reports that the gunman near the Texas A&M University campus was being served an eviction notice Monday. Three people were killed, including the gunman, in a shootout at the house.
The AP has more:
McCollum says a 65-year-old man was the third person killed. A woman and three law enforcement officers also were injured.
McCollum says Bachmann went to the off-campus home near A&M's football stadium early Monday afternoon when the gunman opened fire. Other officers responded to the scene after receiving a call that an officer was down.
08/13/2012 5:35 PM EDT
Alumni Rick Perry Weighs In On A&M, Maintains Anti-Gun Control Stance
Rick Perry weighed on the shooting at Texas A&M on Monday and maintained his usual support of gun rights.
Politico has more:
When it gets back to this issue of taking guns away from law abiding citizens and somehow know that’s going to make our country safer, it’s just I don’t agree with that,” said Perry, who noted he didn’t have all the details of the shootings.
Perry added that the majority of Texas are in favor of gun ownership rights.
Texans, I will suggest to you, by and large a majority of them, a large majority of them, believe that law-abiding men and women should be able to have their weapons,” he said. “Criminals are never going to listen to the laws. They’re always going to have weapons or whatever source they want, whether legal or illegal, and I think it’s wise for the people of the state of Texas to be able to defend themselves when there is a law-breaker that comes into their midst with a weapon.
08/13/2012 5:29 PM EDT
LISTEN: Audio Of The Police Scan
Below, the audio from the police scanner in College Station around the shootings:
08/13/2012 5:27 PM EDT
President of Texas A&M Makes Statement On The Shooting
The President of Texas A&M, R. Bowen Loftin, released a statement on Monday's shooting:
“This is a sad day in the Bryan-College Station community. As most of you know, a traumatic incident occurred a few blocks from our campus today. We are deeply saddened to learn about the deaths of three individuals, including a law enforcement officer. My thoughts and prayers, as well I am sure of the entire Aggie community, go out to the families and close friends of those who died so tragically, those who were injured and anyone else personally impacted by this senseless act of violence. All of us at Texas A&M will do whatever we can today and in the coming days to serve in any way possible to ease the pain, tensions and concerns of all affected.”
08/13/2012 5:25 PM EDT
@ aggiejournalist :
Four injured are 55yo woman in surgery, male officer shot in calf, 2 more ofc with non-life-thrt injuries. #shooting near #tamu
08/13/2012 5:25 PM EDT
@ aggiejournalist :
The three killed are 35-yo male suspect, the constable and an approx 65-yo man. #shooting near #tamu
08/13/2012 5:22 PM EDT
Churches Hold Memorials For Victims In A&M Shooting
According to KBTX, two local Methodist churches will hold memorials tonight for those who lost their lives in the shooting.
Christ United Methodist Church on Highway 6 in College Station and A&M United Methodist Church on University Drive in the Northgate area will both hold vigils at 7:00PM tonight.
08/13/2012 5:21 PM EDT
WATCH: Eye-Witness Video
A recording of eyewitness report on KXAN, an Austin news station.
08/13/2012 5:05 PM EDT
Eye-Witnesses Describe The Shootings To The NYT
The New York Times interviewed eye-witnesses who had further information on the shooting.
Rigo Cisneros, 40, an Army medic who served a tour in Afghanistan, observed the shooting from his home across the street.
“After the fourth or fifth shot I stuck my head out the door and could hear actual gun fire,” he said by telephone. “I took cover and observed that there was an officer down.”
It was unclear how long the shooting lasted, but Mr. Cisneros said the suspect exchanged fire with the police. He said the suspect seemed to be holding either an M4 or M16 assault rifle.
He said when the shooting stopped, he ran over and found the constable shot in the chest and another officer with less severe wounds. The suspect had been shot multiple times in the legs and upper torso, he said; two passersby had also been shot. ****Mr. Cisneros said he attempted to give CPR to the constable, but said he was immobile and had no pulse. When paramedics arrived, Mr. Cisneros said he began attending the suspect, who was the other officer had already been handcuffed.
The suspect, who lived across the street but Mr. Cisneros said he did not know him, was conscious and asked forgiveness for shooting the officers. Mr. Cisneros said the police told him that law enforcement officials initially visited the suspect’s house on Monday to deliver an eviction notice.