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http://news.ca.msn.c...dm-university-1

Yikes.

Edit: Updated via poster inside thread.

Multiple shooting reported at Texas A&M University

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Texas A&M University says a shooter has been taken into custody near its campus in College Station.

The university issued a warning on its website just before 12:30 p.m. Monday warning of an active shooter near the campus football stadium, Kyle Field. The warning tells residents and students to avoid the area.

The university later said the shooter was taken into custody, but warned residents and students to still avoid the area.

There was no immediate information on injuries.

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College Station lies about 144.83 kilometres northwest of Houston.

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1 officer killed in CS; suspect in custody

One of two officers shot during an incident on Fidelity Street in College Station has died, according to several sources.

At least five people were taken to the College Station Medical Center but it wasn’t known if all were gunshot victims.

The incident appears to have unfolded about 12:15 p.m. at a house in the historical district of the city close to George Bush Drive. The Eagle’s police scanner early on picked up dispatchers saying that two officers were wounded. Initial reports state one was a constable.

Authorities confirmed that the suspect was in custody; it wasn’t clear if gunfire was exchanged. The person apparently was barricaded in a home for a short period.

Officials at the scene would not release any information, other than to say the public was not in danger. It wasn’t clear how many people were shot and if any civilians were wounded, but initial scanner reports said hospitals should expect “mass casualties.”

Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum said officers were on the scene and they’d have more information shortly.

Texas A&M released a Code Maroon warning at 12:29 p.m. advising all students, staff and members of the public to avoid the area southeast of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive, and to stay inside if they lived on Fidelity Street. A second warning was issued at 12:44 stating the shooter was in custody, but people should continue to avoid the area.

Wellborn Road near the Texas A&M campus is shut down.

http://www.theeagle....835/1148&slId=1

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I updated the thread title to reflect the news updates.

Honestly this is a shame. Having the right to bear arms is stupid. One person pulls out gun - another pulls their gun and they fire away. A person sees this exchange and starts firing.

Worst part is that the innocent bystanders that happen to be there get hit by the gunfire, which was unintended by all parties involved.

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My take is this: it's one thing to have the right to own specific types of handguns or rifles, but anything more than that is a privilege. Privilege's aren't guaranteed, and should be restricted to either only people with legal requirements, or extensive approval processes before granting permits to anyone wanting something above the norm.

That doesn't stop harm from happening, but it does limit the extent of what someone could do. It would also make it easier for police make arrests and seizures for illegal ownership.

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Two Killed in Shooting Near Texas A&M Campus

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A gunman opened fire on police near the campus of Texas A&M University shortly after noon on Monday, killing at least two people, including a local constable, and wounding at least two others, the police said. The gunman, who was also shot in the ensuing crossfire, died later after being taken into custody, The Associated Press reported.

The police here identified the constable as Brian Bachmann and said that he had been shot after approaching the house of the gunman, about two blocks from campus in a neighborhood of single-story homes and browning lawns.

The gunman, who was not identified, opened fire with what a witness said was an automatic weapon, and was then shot by the police and taken into custody. At least two other people, including another officer and a woman in the neighborhood were wounded and had been taken to local hospitals, the police said.

The reason for the visit by the constable was not immediately known.

KBTX News in College Station reported that the gunman was firing from a house with automatic weapons.

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.”

In a video taken by Rico Cisneros and provided to The New York Times, police officers with weapons drawn are seen moving in on a white, one-story home screaming, “Do not move; do not move,” an officer yells at one point. “If you move, you are dead.”

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.

An image posted on the Web site of a local ABC News affiliate, KTRK television, appeared to show a black automatic weapon lying under a brown sedan. It was not clear from the footage whether the gun belonged to the suspect.

Texas A&M University issued a series of warnings on its Web site, beginning at about 12:30 p.m. local time, when residents near the campus football stadium were urged to remain indoors in the area around Fidelity Drive in College Station, about 90 miles northwest of Houston.

Barbara Murphy, 84, who lives near Fidelity Drive, said she heard about six or eight gunshots at around 12:30. About 10 to 15 minutes later, she said, she heard another round of gunshots.

“We’re doing a lot of remodeling around here, but then I realized it couldn’t just be a hammer,” she said. “About that time a neighbor called and said don’t go outside.”

Television images from a news helicopter showed single-family homes spaced apart along on a dry, tree-lined street. Local sheriffs, state troopers and police could be seen scattered around the area, which was cordoned off on Monday afternoon.

In many counties in Texas, constables are elected and serve legal papers and perform police duties at a local neighborhood level.

Campus police at Texas A&M University said the shooting had occurred entirely off-campus and directed questions to the local police. Fall classes at the university are scheduled to begin on Aug. 27.

http://thelede.blogs...smid=tw-nytimes

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