3 dead, including gunman, in shooting near Texas A&M campus, police say

Dylan Stableford
The Lookout

Three people, including a police officer and the suspected gunman, are dead following a shooting near the Texas A&M campus in College Station on Monday, police and university officials say. Four others, including three police officers and a female civilian, were wounded.

According to the College Station Police Department, the gunman--35-year-old Thomas "Tres" Caffall--was shot and taken to College Station Medical Center, where he was  pronounced dead. Chris Northcliff, a 43-year-old College Station resident, was shot and killed in the "gunfight," police said.

The shooting began when Brian Bachmann, a 41-year-old Brazos County constable, attempted to serve an eviction notice. College Station police officers responded to the off-campus house shortly after noon following reports of shots fired, and found Bachmann on the ground.

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"It appears that the shooter [was] shooting from a house with semi-automatic weapons," KBTX-TV said.

The suspect "engaged the officers with gunfire over a period of approximately 30 minutes before he was shot by a College Station officer," according to the police report.

College Station officer Justin Oehlke was shot in the leg. He's listed in stable condition. Two other wounded officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and were released, the police spokesman said.

The unidentified female civilian underwent surgery Monday; her condition was not released.

According to KBTX anchor Steve Fullhart, Caffall's mother released a statement late Monday saying he had "been ill."

"It breaks our hearts his illness led to this," the statement read.

Texas A&M issued an alert on its website just before 12:30 p.m. local time on Monday warning of an active shooter near Kyle Field, the campus football stadium.

The shooting occurred near Highlands and Fidelity Streets in College Station, just south of George Bush Drive and east of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Monday's shooting comes a little more than a week after seven people, including the suspected gunman, were killed in a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and less than a month after a gunman opened fire at Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a midnight screening of "Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 and wounding 58.