By Gary P Jackson
Initial reports from College Station, Texas yesterday talked about casualties, but no deaths. Local news also reported the suspect was in custody, but as more details have surfaced, we find that, unfortunately three were killed. One was a police officer, another a civilian, and the last the shooter, Thomas Caffall.
All of this started over an eviction notice.
From the Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum of College Station:
Police have identified the shooter as 35-year-old Thomas Caffall. He shot and killed two people, injuring 4 others before he was killed by police.
On his Facebook page, Caffall indicates he lived in Temple for a period of time, moving to College Station in February of 2011.
His page is also filled with pictures of guns., at least one of them a high-powered semi-automatic assault rifle.
Two people were killed in that attack.
One of those was 43-year-old Chris Northcliff, of College Station.
The other was Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann. He died at the hospital.
Three College Station officers were also injured. Justin Olkey was shot in the calf. He’s out of surgery as of last night and is in stable condition.
Officers Brad Smith and Phil Dorsett were hit by shrapnel. Both were treated and released.
A woman in her early 50s was also hit and she remained in critical condition after surgery yesterday.
Her name has not yet been released.
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The officer who was killed was Brazos County Precinct 1 Constable Brian Bachmann. Bachmann was serving an eviction notice to the suspect when the suspect opened fire.
More here, with video.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, who studied at Texas A&M University, said in a tweet: “Thoughts & prayers are with those impacted by shootings near A&M. Ever thankful for officers who daily sacrifice to keep us from harm.”
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement: “Senseless attacks by violent criminals have no place in the state of Texas.”
A Texas A&M University spokeswoman told the Associated Press that most students were not on campus on Monday, as the fall term does not begin until later this month.
“It appeared to be fairly quiet,” Sherylon Carroll said. “It didn’t appear to be a lot of people out and about at that particular time.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those injured and the families of those killed.