Officials at Texas A&M University posted early Monday afternoon that an “active shooter” near the campus has been taken into custody.
The gunman was first reported at 12:29 PM CST and residents were urged to avoid the area.
KBTX-TV reported that the shooter was firing from a house with automatic weapons. “Multiple casualties” are involved, but earlier reports that officers were involved in the shooting have not been confirmed and one officer has been confirmed dead at the scene.
UPDATE: KBTX has confirmed that more than one officer has been shot in the incident, though College Station, Texas, police say no fatalities have been confirmed.
UPDATE: KBTX reported just after 2 p.m. central time that one police officer has died in the incident. Five people were taken to a local hospital, three of them with gunshot wounds. Dozens of shots were fired and the shooter is reportedly “contained.”
UPDATE: KBTX adds that the shooter was reportedly wearing a bullet-proof vest. A police press conference has yet to begin.
UPDATE: College Station police said that an individual at 2211 Fidelity Dr. fired at officers from inside a home.
One officer was shot and killed on the front lawn of the home, and another was shot in the leg during the police response. Two civilians were shot as well, a man and a woman, and the man died later. They have not yet been identified.
Police said the gunman was shot at the scene and taken into custody, but the person’s identity was not revealed.
“We ask the public to be patient while we piece this situation together and try and figure out why it occurred,” Asst. Chief Scott McCollum told reporters.
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