A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a cabinet-making plant in Texas where he worked, killing one person and wounding six others before he was taken into custody in the latest of several mass shootings in the United States over the past three weeks. He said investigators believe the man was exclusively responsible for the attack, which happened around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, and that he was gone by the time officers arrived. But the suspect had fled before officers arrived.
Bryan, a town of about 87,000 residents and the seat of Brazos County, is a short drive from Texas A&M University in nearby College Station about 100 miles northwest of Houston. Four people were transported to CHI St. Joseph in Bryan in critical condition.
On Wednesday, a former professional football player shot and killed a prominent SC doctor, his wife, two grandchildren and another man before taking his own life at his home a short distance away, authorities said on Thursday.
"A DPS Trooper was shot while pursuing an individual suspected of being involved in the shooting in Bryan", the Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
One of the injured victims has been identified as a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
"It's a business so there's a lot of employees that were inside", he said, "and (police are) investigating who saw what and how it all transpired".
The victims were taken to a local hospital, but Lt. Jason James of the Bryan Police Department could not speak to the extent of their injuries in a brief interview with CNN Thursday afternoon. The trooper remains in serious but stable condition, the agency said. A strong majority supported requiring background checks for all gun purchases, and most backed temporarily taking guns away from people deemed unsafe to themselves and others.
The company said in a statement to KBTX that it was "devastated" by the shooting.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott criticized Biden over the measures, hours before the shootings in Bryan.
"When law enforcement showed up, it was already over with", a police official said.
The suspect in the shooting is at large, Mr James said.
"[Abbott's wife] Cecilia and I are praying for the victims and their families and for the law enforcement officer injured while apprehending the suspect", he added.