Three dead, four injured in shooting near Texas A&M campus
Law enforcement officer among casualties
Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 13:08
Three people died Monday afternoon as a result of a shooting near the Texas A&M campus. Four more victims sustained injuries and three were transported to College Station Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital.
The College Station Police Department said there is no longer a danger to the public. A Code Maroon alert cautioned everyone to steer clear of the area and that at 12:29 p.m. there was an active shooter.
Brazos County Precinct 1 Constable Brian Bachmann was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a press release by College Station Police Department. Chris Northcliff, a 51-year-old College Station resident, also died. The gunman, who has been identified as 35-year-old Thomas Caffall, was killed by police.
“We’re saddened by the loss of Constable Brian Bachmann, and out thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,” said College Station Chief of Police Jeff Capps at a press briefing Tuesday morning. “We live in a community where our law enforcement agencies work hand-in-hand with each other, and Constable Bachmann … had the highest of integrity and his loss will be felt deeply within the community.”
Detectives determined Bachmann went to a residence at 211 Fidelity Street to serve eviction papers, according to the press release. College Station police arrived on the scene after a report of shots fired, and immediately began taking fire.
Officers found Bachmann down in front of the residence on Fidelity Street and engaged Caffall, exchanging gunfire for approximately 30 minutes until he was shot by a College Station police officer.
The three victims injured during the incident and transported to College Station Medical Center are a 51-year-old woman and two College Station officers.
The female bystander, Barbara Holdsworth of Houston, underwent surgery at College Station Medical Center and remains in serious condition. Officer Justin Oehlke was shot in the calf muscle and is in stable condition after surgery. Officer Brad Smith was treated for shrapnel-related injuries and released. Another officer, Phil Dorsett, was treated for injuries at the scene and released.
“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,” said Joseph Puente, senior telecommunication media studies major. “We found the back road to get as close to the scene as we could.”
Puente said that he and his friend, senior political science major Will Holleman, were about five houses down from the shooter, 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.
Texas A&M 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 Sarah Welborn, Class of 2009. “After the shots were fired I heard more police officers, and then everything got really quiet.”
College Station Police Department continues to investigate the incident, and is being assisted by multiple local, state and federal agencies. Updates will be released as they become available.