The shootout erupted near the Texas A&M University, one of America’s largest universities campus when a man being brought an eviction notice opened fire on a police officer, leaving three people dead, including the officer and the gunman.
The dead officer was identified as Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann, according to Scott McCollum, assistant chief of the police department in College Station.
McCollum said Bachmann, 41, was shot in front of the house, about two blocks from the Texas A&M campus, and was pronounced dead at a hospital, writes Reuters.
Police identified the shooter as Thomas A. Caffall, 35, of College Station.
Police identified Chris Northcliff, 43, as the third person killed in the shootings at an off-campus home not far from the university’s stadium. Three other police officers and a 55-year-old woman were wounded, according to The Telegraph.
On a Facebook page believed to be by Caffall, he indicates his hometown is nearby Bryan, Texas, but that he was living in College Station — though he also described himself as “a cross between Forrest Gump and Jack Kerouac … I’m on the road permanently.”
His Facebook page features several photos of assault rifles, including a Czech-made version of the AK-47. On the page, Caffall identified himself as divorced, with “Christian” religious beliefs.
According to CNN, Caffall’s list of “inspirational people” includes famed snipers Vasily Zaytsev and Carlos Hathcock, as well as noted firearms designers Eugene Stoner, Mikhail Kalashnikov, John Garand, Samuel Colt and John Browning.
“I am pulling a cross between Forrest Gump and Jack Kerouac (without the drugs),” Caffall wrote on the site. “I’m on the road, permanently.”
The page also includes a quote saying, “We are all capable of redemption, if we are willing to change,” plus another he attributes to George Orwell stating, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
Caffall’s mother Linda Weaver issued a statement through family attorney W. Tyler Moore stating that her son, whom she called Tres, was “ill” and saying the family was “shocked and devastated by the tragedy.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the deceased and the wounded victims,” Weaver said. “We mourn them and the loss of Tres. He had been ill. It breaks our hearts his illness led to this.”
“We are just devastated,” Weaver said. “He’s been very deeply troubled.”
Accordng to The Huff Post, Caffall’s stepfather, Richard Weaver, said in an interview with KPRC, a local television station, that Caffall was a “ticking time bomb” who quit his job nine months ago and vowed never to work again.
“He was crazy as hell,” Weaver said. “At one point, we were afraid that he was going to come up here and do something to his mother and me.”
The shooting comes less than four weeks after a man opened fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 people and wounded 58 others.
On August 5 a gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before committing suicide.
However, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday at a Miami news conference that there should be no change to current gun laws.
“We’ve now had apparently … three of these tragedies in a row and I happen to believe this is not a matter of the weapon that is used,” Romney said. “It’s a matter of the individuals, the choices these people make and we have to understand those kinds of choices from being made.”