Archive for Monday, August 13, 2012

Police: 3 dead after shooting near Texas A&M; gunman was being evicted

Gunman, police officer among the dead

August 13, 2012, 2:29 p.m. Updated August 13, 2012, 4:47 p.m.

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Police say a gunman was being served an eviction notice before he opened fire from inside a home near Texas A&M and killed a law enforcement officer.

College Station Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum says Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was among three people, including the gunman, killed a shootout at the house Monday.

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.

The shooting prompted Texas A&M to send out an alert warning students and residents to stay away from the area.

ORIGINAL STORY

A gunman and a law enforcement officer were among three people killed Monday in a shooting near the Texas A&M University campus, police said.

A male civilian also was killed, while two other officers and a woman were injured in the shooting in College Station, said Bryan Police Department spokesman Jon Agnew. Bryan police are assisting nearby College Station in the investigation.

Assistant College Station Police Chief Scott McCollum earlier identified the law enforcement officer killed as Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann.

Agnew said officers had established a perimeter around the area shortly after the shooting just east of campus, but they do not believe a second suspect was involved. He said police don't know if the shooter was a student at Texas A&M.

The school had issued an alert on its website just before 12:30 p.m. warning of an active shooter near the campus football stadium, Kyle Field. The alert warned residents and students to avoid the area, and was later updated with the shooter taken into custody.

Texas A&M spokeswoman Sherylon Carroll could not confirm details about the shooting, but said most students were not on campus Monday. The fall semester does not begin until August 27.

"It appeared to be fairly quiet," Carroll said of campus. "It didn't appear to be a lot of people out and about at that particular time."

College Station is about 90 miles northwest of Houston. Texas A&M is home to more than 50,000 students, according to its website.

Comments

msezdsit 2 years, 8 months ago

Is it just me or does it seem like these shootings are occurring more and more often. All you gotta do is find yourself a gun and some bullets and your all set. Hope everyone survives.

DillonBarnes 2 years, 8 months ago

The national media is extra sensitive lately. Although the severity of this situation should not be diminished, it does not sound like this shooter was attempting to take part in any kind of mass shooting. Shootings happen daily, especially in inner cities, but they usually aren't reported on the national news. Had there not been two high profile shootings in recent weeks, this story would probably have barely been a blimp on the national radar.

Of course the news stations are only increasing the probability of another mass shooting. Here's a relevant video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PezlFN...

deec 2 years, 8 months ago

Hyping crime is also a good way to get a certain segment of the electorate all het up for the elections. Scary crime stories are always good to rouse the rabble.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 8 months ago

CNN is reporting one police officer has died.

DillonBarnes 2 years, 8 months ago

Funny, my guns have never killed anyone... are they broken?

kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

Guns are inanimate objects. They require a living organic being to activate them.

notaubermime 2 years, 8 months ago

Swimming pools kill people. Obviously, we need to ban any swimming pool larger than a inflatable kiddie-pool, and those should require permits, a background check, and a 3 day waiting period.

parrothead8 2 years, 8 months ago

Fail. Swimming pools aren't built to kill people. Guns are.

RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

Fail. Firearms are made to launch projectiles. It's people that kill people.

notaubermime 2 years, 8 months ago

Not all guns were designed for the purpose of killing people. Not all weapons which were designed to be lethal are illegal to own. Therefore, the criterion of intentional lethal design is not a valid reason to ban guns.

DillonBarnes 2 years, 8 months ago

As Roe said, I never said shootings happened at colleges on a daily bases, in fact this incident wasn't even on a college campus.

Yes, my second post was dumb, but only as dumb as the post I was replying to.

jaywalker 2 years, 8 months ago

Wasn't AT a college, just near a college. Cop a clue, Babbs.

RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

I see what you did there BABBOY. DillonBarnes never said shootings at colleges are a daily occurrence.

And what is stupid about the 80,000,000 gun owners who never hurt anyone, who obey the law, who are asked to shoulder the blame for a handful of killers who happened to use firearms to commit their crimes?

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 8 months ago

Fortunately for me I can hide a pistol grip over and under in my bra. I can just see myself pulling it out and snarling, "Is this what you're looking for.....Sunny Jim? Cause I can give it to you? "What is that sound." "Someone counting, six, five, four.." "Get out of there!" Too late.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 2 years, 8 months ago

Ouch. That looks like two hurt hands waiting to happen. Hand load!

notaubermime 2 years, 8 months ago

It is sad to hear that someone decided that killing people was the answer to their troubles. I can only imagine the narcissism it must take to believe that your problems are greater than someone else's life.

Conversely, it is also encouraging to hear about another university promptly using their emergency alert message. It seems that people so rarely learn from their mistakes that it is at least encouraging to see good come from Virginia Tech's tragedy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 8 months ago

Yep-- and it's become the official policy agenda of the new GOP (Grand Old Plutocracy) and supporting organizations such as the NRA.

classclown 2 years, 8 months ago

What is it about college towns and the college environment that seems to bring out the violence as well as other criminal activities?

fu7il3 2 years, 8 months ago

They don't. They just get more attention when they do.

Katara 2 years, 8 months ago

Plenty of money to buy guns and ammo but not enough to pay the rent.

oldbaldguy 2 years, 8 months ago

What this shows is how dangerous it is to be a cop. This was an eviction that turned in to a firefight.

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