A gunman opened fire on Thursday at the cabinet-making plant in Texas where he worked, killing one person and wounding six others before he was arrested in the latest of several mass shootings in the United States over the past three weeks.
Four of those wounded in the shooting rampage at Kent Moore Cabinets, a warehouse-sized facility at an industrial park in Bryan, Texas, were rushed to area hospitals in critical condition, the police department said on Twitter.
The suspect, later identified by police as Larry Winston Bollin, a 27-year-old employee, was being held on $1-million bond facing murder charges, Brazos County jail records showed.
Investigators said they did not yet know what motivated the deadly outburst of workplace violence in east-central Texas.
One victim was found shot dead at the scene, along with four others badly wounded by gunfire. A sixth person who sustained an unspecified minor injury and a seventh who suffered a medical emergency initially described as an apparent asthma attack, were also rushed to area hospitals, according to the Bryan Police Department.
In addition, the Texas Department of Public safety said a state trooper was shot and wounded during a pursuit of the suspect into a neighbouring county and was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Authorities provided few details of the attack itself. Houston-based television station KPRC-TV, an NBC affiliate, quoted Police Chief Eric Buske as saying the shooting occurred in the “bays” of the plant and the gunman had fled the scene by the time police arrived.
KPRC, citing police, also reported the suspect was believed to have opened fire with a handgun.
Bryan, a town of about 87,000 residents and the seat of Brazos County, is a short drive from Texas A&M University in nearby College Station about 100 miles northwest of Houston. The Brazos Industrial Park where the shooting unfolded lies just southwest of the tidy-looking downtown area of the city, whose official motto is “The Good Life, Texas Style.”
The rampage is the latest in a string of at least a half-dozen deadly mass shootings across the United States since mid-March.
Eight people were slain at Atlanta-area spas, 10 people at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, and four people, including a 9-year-old boy at a real estate office in Orange, California.
On Wednesday, a former professional football player shot and killed a South Carolina doctor, his wife, two grandchildren and another man before taking his own life.
Hours before the shooting in Texas, U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced limited measures to tackle a surge in U.S. gun violence in recent years.
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