At least one person was killed and five others injured Thursday in a shooting at a cabinetmaking company in Bryan, Texas, police said.
The suspected shooter, identified Thursday night by authorities as Larry Bollin, a 27-year-old employee at Kent Moore Cabinets, has been arrested following a manhunt that ended in the small town of Iola, about 30 miles from the firm’s factory, the Bryan. The police department said.
Bollin, from Iola, has been charged with murder and is being held on $ 1 million bail, jail records show. His mobile is still under investigation, authorities said.
One person died at the scene and four others were taken to a local hospital in critical condition, authorities said. A sixth person was slightly injured. Another person was taken to hospital after suffering an asthma attack, Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske said at a press conference Thursday night.
Texas Department of Public Safety said on twitter that a soldier was shot while pursuing an individual allegedly involved in the Bryan shooting. The soldier was reported in serious but stable condition.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a press release that he “prayed for the victims and their families and for the police officer injured during the arrest of the suspect”.
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz also prayed for the victims, he said on twitter.
The shooting in Bryan came a day after a shootout left six people dead in Rock Hill, South Carolina – including the shooter, former NFL player Phillip Adams – and followed high-profile mass shootings level in Georgia, Colorado and California over the past three weeks. killed 22 people.
Earlier Thursday, President Joe Biden unveiled his first major steps to tackle gun violence, an announcement Abbott described on Twitter as “another liberal takeover to take our guns away.”
“We will NOT allow this in TX”, Abbott said, hours before he offered his prayers to the victims of Bryan’s shooting.
Kent Moore Cabinets, a custom cabinet maker who employs over 600 people statewide, according to its website, said it was “devastated” in a statement. The company is cooperating fully with the police “during the investigation of this horrific crime,” said Vice President Teresa Galliher.
The shooting took place in the bays of a factory where employees make cabinets.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent officers and dogs to the scene, spokesman Deon Washington said. He could not provide more details on what happened and said: “It is a situation which is evolving quite rapidly”.
Bryan is adjacent to College Station, home to Texas A&M University, with a population of nearly 90,000 people. It is approximately 100 miles east of Austin and 100 miles northwest of Houston.
Contribute: The Associated Press