Texas A+M Shooter’s Family Distraught [VIDEO]
A gunman and two others are dead after a shootout near the Texas A&M University campus.
Police say a man who was being served with an eviction notice opened fire on a law enforcement officer, killing the lawman and another man who was outside the home. They say the gunman was eventually shot and killed by other officers.
FULL COVERAGE: Texas A+M Shooting
Authorities have identified the man as 35-year-old Thomas Caffall. They say he opened fire from inside his home in College Station.
The violence Monday left a neighborhood shaken, a law
enforcement community in mourning.
Officers responding to the scene exchanged shots with Caffall,
35, for nearly 30 minutes. By then, Caffall and Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann had been mortally wounded. So was
43-year-old Chris Northcliff, of College Station, who was apparently caught up in the gunfire.
Details about Caffall were slow to emerge.
Officials at Texas A&M, the 50,000-student school that dominates the city about 100 miles northwest of Houston, said he was neither a student nor school employee. Police said he was renting the home where he was staying and was not the owner.
Caffall’s sister said Monday night the family was “shocked” by the violence.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and this is just a senseless tragedy,” said Courtney Clark, Caffall’s sister, reached Monday evening at her mother’s home in Navasota, about 20 miles to the south. “We are just distraught by the havoc that he has caused.”
She declined additional comment.
Courtney Clark declined to say anything else about her brother or what might have prompted him to commit the shooting.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.)