Three people, including a police constable, have been shot dead and three others have been injured after a gunman opened fire near Texas A&M University on Monday afternoon.
Brian Bachmann, 41, an elected constable and married father of two, was fatally shot as he approached a house in College Station, Texas, to serve paperwork – possibly for an eviction.
Police swooped on the scene and shot dead the gunman, who has not been identified. A man, described by officials as a ‘civilian bystander’, was also fatally hit by a bullet near the house.
Three others were injured, including two law enforcement officers. One officer was shot in the leg but is in stable condition and expected to survive.
A civilian woman was also shot and is undergoing surgery at a hospital, Asst. Chief Scott McCollum from the police department said.
Bachmann had approached the house, which is in a historical district of the city just blocks from the campus, shortly after midday, police said.
‘There is a possibility that it was an eviction,’ officer Jason James, with the Bryan police department, told CNN.
Officers arrived on the scene after reports of gunfire and found Bachmann in the front garden. They tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at an area hospital, McCollum said.
The new officers approached the suspected gunman and eventually shot him and took him into custody, police told CNN. He later died of his injuries.
The fatal shooting is the third in recent weeks, following from a horrific gun attack in Aurora, Colorado, last month where 12 people were shot dead as they watched the new Batman movie.
And just last week, six people were gunned down by a neo-Nazi white supremacist as they attended a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
The Texas A&M University had issued a warning on its website of an ‘active shooter’ near the campus football stadium, Kyle Field, at 12.30 p.m.
At 12.44, the university issued a statement saying the shooter had been taken into custody, but warned people to remain inside.
‘The scene is reportedly under control and there is no longer a danger to the public,’ KBTX reported.
Texas A & M is the sixth biggest university in the country, but few students were on campus as classes for the fall semester begin later this month.
‘It appeared to be fairly quiet,’ Texas A&M spokeswoman Sherylon Carroll said of campus. ‘It didn’t appear to be a lot of people out and about at that particular time.’
Some students may have been on campus for final grades, which came out at midday, according to the A&M calendar.
Source: The Daily Mail