Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-04-08 21:58:17 –
Bryan, Texas (NewsNation Now) — A man fired on Thursday Killed one of the Texas cabinet makers he worked for Officials said he injured five others before the shooting and seriously injured state police before his arrest.
Brian police chief Eric Buske told reporters that he believed the shooting suspect was an employee of the Kent Moore cabinet where the shooting took place. He said investigators believed that the man was solely responsible for the attack that took place around 2:30 pm and that he had left by the time the police arrived.
Four of the five injured in the project were hospitalized in serious condition, officials said. The Texas Department of Public Safety said at a news conference that it shot dead and injured state police officers who were hospitalized in a serious but stable condition during the search for the suspect.
The shooter seemed to act alone with a pistol, but the motive for the shooting was not immediately apparent, Buske said. He said the unidentified suspect had disappeared by the time the police arrived.
According to police, there were a total of seven casualties at Brian’s scene. One died, four were seriously injured and taken to the hospital, one was slightly injured for treatment, and one was a medical event related to the incident.
On-site witnesses told News Nation reporter Jennifer Saunders that he heard the shot ring and started running outside. One employee said the shooters seemed to target certain people in the cabinet manufacturing industry rather than firing randomly.
One employee said he met the archer he described as a quiet person, “you wouldn’t expect to do this kind of thing.”
“I see here, people are running like this, I look back, and he literally likes to face me, we make eye-to-eye contact.” The witness remembered. “The guy who worked on the other side of him … he basically turned away from me to shoot him.”
Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said the alleged shooter was arrested in Bedias, a small community about 25 miles northeast of Brian.
Investigators were still trying to identify the motive for the attack, officials said.
Lieutenant Jason James of Brian police said he had identified the suspect in an interview with an employee of the Kent Moore cabinet before he was arrested.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent agents and dogs to the shooting site, said spokesman Deon Washington.
According to the company’s website, Kent Moore Cabinet is headquartered in Brian and employs more than 600 people throughout the state. The company manufactures custom cabinets and has design centers in adjacent College Station and nearly 12 cities in Texas.
A person who answered the phone at Kent Moore’s cabinet headquarters on Thursday said he could not provide information about the shooting.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott prayed to shoot the victims and their families.
“I have worked closely with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to assist local law enforcement agencies in responding quickly to this criminal activity. Their efforts have led to the arrest of suspected gunners. The state will assist in all necessary ways to assist the suspect in prosecution. Cecilia and I have been the victims and their families, and law enforcement officers injured while arresting the suspect. I’m praying for you. “
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Associated Press and News Nation Affiliates KWKT’s Jessica Calibera Contributed to this report.