August 14, 2012 12:04 am

Three shot dead near Texas university

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A gunman killed two people including a law enforcement officer on Monday after opening fire from inside a house near Texas A&M University in College Station, police said.

Four other people were injured in the incident and police later shot and killed the gunman.

The dead officer was identified as Brian Bachmann, a Brazos county constable, said Scott McCollum, assistant chief of the police department at College Station.

He said Bachmann was shot in front of the house, about two blocks from the university. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Mr McCollum did not identify the other victim, a male bystander. The gunman has not been identified.

A woman was shot and having surgery, and a College Station police officer was in stable condition after being shot in the leg, Mr McCollum said.

Two other officers were injured, he said. Their injuries were not life-threatening, according to the City of College Station.

“We had officers respond to a ‘shots fired’ call,” Mr McCollum said at a press conference. “Once the officers arrived, they began to trade fire. The officers defended themselves and called in additional officers.”

College Station police officers shot and killed the gunman, said Jason James, a sergeant with the police department in Bryan, Texas.

Police said they did not know what sparked the violence but were confident that only one gunman was involved.

The university issued a “code maroon” shortly after noon, warning students and employees that an “active shooter” was in the area west of campus and asking them to stay away.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families,” said Lane Stephenson, director of news information services at the university. He said Texas A&M was unaware if any of the victims were students.

The shooting came amid national concern over gun violence after a man opened fire in a crowded Colorado cinema last month during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 people and wounding 58.

A gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin this month killing six people before turning his gun on himself.

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