Three dead, four wounded in shooting near Texas A&M campus

By Kalee Bumguardner

The Battalion, Texas A&M U. via UWIRE

Three people are dead after a shooting in College Station Monday, including law enforcement officer Brian Bachmann, Constable Precinct 1 Brazo County, and the suspect in the shooting. A male civilian died of injuries sustained during the shooting, and four other people were injured, including three police officers.

The incident occurred near Fidelity St., about a block away from the Texas A&M U. campus. A Code Maroon alert cautioned everyone to steer clear of the area and that at 12:29 p.m., there was an active shooter.

The College Station Police Department has said that there is no longer a danger to the public, but ask that civilians avoid the area.

“Right around 12:10 or so, I was driving down Wellborn with my friend, and all of a sudden we saw cars taking a U-turn because there was a cop car in the middle of Wellborn, out of his car with his pistol in his hand,” Joseph Puente, senior telecommunication media studies major, said. “We found the back road to get as close to the scene as we could.”

Puente said that he and his friend, A&M senior Will Holleman, were about five houses down from the shooter, and were hiding behind their car.

“As soon as we parked a SWAT team pulled up behind us, and we saw the SWAT team eventually fall into the house and then we heard 26 shots after that,” Puente said.

Holleman said there had been crossfire before they arrived, and they were at the scene for about 30 minutes.

“It was really intense there for a little bit. They barricaded off the whole area,” he said.

According to the College Station Medical Center, three people were admitted with gunshot wounds. Two other patients were complaining of dizziness and chest pains.

Campus is currently in a break between classes, so fewer students than normal are in College Station, but there are a number of apartment buildings near the area where the shooting occurred.

“I was eating lunch when all of a sudden I heard a ton of sirens and then a ton of shots, I don’t know how many it was,” said 2009 A&M grad Sarah Welborn. “After the shots were fired I heard more police officers, and then everything got really quiet.”

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