One killed, five hospitalised in Texas mass shooting

The suspect is believed to be an employee of the Bryant, Texas cabinet business where the shooting took place.

One person was killed and several others are hospitalised after a shooting in Bryan, Texas on Thursday [File: Sergio Flores/Reuters]

One person was killed and four others were hospitalised after a shooting at a cabinet business in Bryan, Texas, on Thursday, police said. In addition, a Texas state trooper is in the hospital after being shot while pursuing the suspect.

Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske told reporters the gunman was apparently an employee of the business where the shooting took place, Kent Moore Cabinets, and that the suspect had been taken into custody.

The shooting left one person dead at the scene and four others struck by gunfire, the chief said. A fifth person was taken to the hospital suffering from an apparent asthma attack, according to Buske.

A Texas state trooper was later shot while pursuing the suspect, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and remains in serious but stable condition.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said the male suspect was arrested in the tiny town of Iola, about 48 km (30 miles) away from the cabinet plant.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement that “the state will assist in any way needed to help prosecute the suspect.”

Bryan Police Lieutenant Jason James said officers from his department responded to reports of a shooting at 2:30pm local time (19:30 GMT) and found “several victims” at the cabinet business.

Employees of the business were interviewed, James said, and witnesses had identified a suspect.

“At this site, when law enforcement showed up it was already over with,” James said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sent agents and dogs to the scene of the shooting, said spokesman Deon Washington. He could not provide more detail on what happened and said “it’s a pretty rapidly evolving situation.”

Police asked people to stay away from the business.

Bryan is about 160km (100 miles) northwest of Houston.

The latest shootings come amid a string of recent mass shootings in the US. On Thursday, authorities said a gunman in South Carolina fatally shot five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren before later killing himself.

Last month, a gunman killed 10 people at a supermarket in Boulder Colorado. And on March 17, a gunman opened fire at three massage parlours in Georgia, killing eight people.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies