A unidentified gunman shot multiple people near the campus of Texas A&M University Monday afternoon, killing two including one law enforcement officer, the College Station Police Department reported.
Initial reports from local television station KBTX indicate the shooter used a automatic or semi-automatic weapon to gun down officers and civilians from a nearby house. The CSPD reported five people were injured during the shooting, including multiple officers.
"I'm sad to report today we've had a very serious situation occur in College Station," Assistant Chief Scott McCollum said in a statement on the shooting. "We will do our best to conduct a very thorough and accurate investigation to try to determine why this occurred and provide some answers to the public."
McCollum said officers responded to a "shots fired" call near the campus around 12:30 p.m.
"Once officers arrived on scene they began to take fire," he said. "They defended themselves and called in additional officers."
When additional officers responded to the scene they found Constable Brian Bachmann down in the front yard and joined the first responders in returning the shooter's gunfire.
"As additional officers began to respond they were able to shoot the gunman and take him into custody," McCollum said.
Bachmann was then taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Two civilians, one female and one male, were also shot in the incident and taken to local hospitals, where the male was pronounced dead.
McCollum said there were multiple crime scenes and "many, many different witnesses" that would aid the department's investigation, and that the department would continue updates throughout the day.
The station reported that another officer was shot in the leg, and another suffered a non-fatal wound. Constable Bachmann, 41, was the only victim identified. He had been in law enforcement since 1992, KBTX reported.
At 12:29 p.m., the university issued a Code Maroon, an emergency notification indicating there was an active shooter in College Station, where the school is located. Fifteen minutes later, the College Station Police Department reported the shooter was in custody, and that at least three people were injured.
"CSPD reports an active shooter in the area immediately southeast of the intersection of Wellborn Rd and George Bush Drive. Please avoid the area. Residents in the immediate area need to remain inside their residence," the Maroon warning read.
The shooting took place a few blocks from the university campus, in a residential neighborhood near an alumni building, the student newspaper reports.
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