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College Station Shooting
Tue August 14, 2012
Mayor, A&M President Offer Condolences in Wake of Deadly Shooting
COLLEGE STATION - Four people are recovering today, including three police officers, following Monday’s shooting in College Station that left three dead.
Update at 3:12 p.m. In an address to reporters Tuesday morning, College Station Police Chief Jeff Capps said investigators are still gathering evidence from the crime scene of Monday afternoon’s deadly shooting.
He also offered thoughts and prayers for the families of the three victims.
“We work hand in hand with each other. And Constable Bachmann, we worked really well with him. He had the highest integrity, and his loss will be felt deep in the community.”
Sympathies are being posted to a Facebook campaign page for Bachmann.
Capps also released the identity of the woman struck by gunfire as 51-year-old Barbara Holdsworth of Houston. She was listed in serious condition at St. Joseph-Bryan, an upgrade from Monday’s critical status. He added that the deceased civilian, Chris Northcliff, was 51 years of age.
Additional information was provided on the three officers who were hit by gunfire, all receiving non-life threatening wounds.
This cellphone video shot by Thomas Caffall's neighbor, Rigo Cisneros, shows police officers running into Caffall's house following the Monday shooting. Cisneros, a former medic, called 911 when he heard gunfire.
Our original post follows:
Mayor Nancy Berry has issued a statement offering her condolences for family and friends of the victims, who include Brazos County Constable for Precinct 1 Brian Bachmann, 35-year-old Thomas Caffall; the alleged shooter, and civilian bystander Chris Northcliff, 43.
"Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann not only was a professional, but was held in the highest regard in our community... There are many victims, including families of Mr. Caffall and Mr. Northcliff, who will continue to suffer physical and emotional pain for a very long time, and we shouldn't forget them."
She went on to thank College Station police and officials with Brazos County, the City of Bryan and Texas A&M University for their efforts in the case.
"Other acts of generosity shown toward public safety officials, neighbors and victims’ families are too numerous to list. We’ve heard from Texas Aggies all over the world who share in our sadness, and we’re thankful for you."
Meanwhile, details are emerging about the suspected shooter, Thomas Caffall, who was being served an eviction notice by Constable Bachmann when the shooting occurred just after noon Monday.
In a conversation with The Huffington Post, Caffall’s mother Linda Weaver said she had been worried about her son, who was having “difficulties” with his mental health in recent years.
Family attorney Tyler Moore provided this statement to KHOU-TV on behalf of Weaver:
“Our family was shocked and devastated by the tragedy this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the deceased and the wounded victims. We mourn them and the loss of Tres [Thomas]. He had been ill. It breaks our hearts his illness led to this. Please respect our privacy in our grief.”
Caffall’s stepfather describes the gunman as “crazy as hell” and “a ticking time bomb” in quotes obtained by KPRC-TV.
"At one point, we were afraid that he was going to come up here and do something to his mother and me," said Richard Weaver.
Texas A&M University reported on its website that a Code Maroon had been issued at 12:29 p.m. advising people to avoid the area and residents to remain inside. The site now includes a statement from President R. Bowen Loftin.
Kim Carson, formerly of Commerce whose home is now in Royse City is a sophomore at Texas A&M University. She tells KETR the shooting occurred a block from where she works.
“I was really scared when the first code maroon came out… Certainly when it just said active shooter. There were police cars going crazy all around me. We even heard some of the gunshots. I'm just glad they got him before he was able to escape out of the house & potentially head my way.”
Numerous photos on Caffall’s Facebook page are of rifles. Caffall describes himself as “a cross between Forrest Gump and Jack Kerouac (without the drugs).” The writer indicates he is divorced and has a mother, sister and brother.
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