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3 dead, one critical after shooting near TAMU campus

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Shooting suspect Thomas Caffall. (Source: Photo via Facebook) Shooting suspect Thomas Caffall. (Source: Photo via Facebook)
Brazos County Constable Brian Bachman was killed in the shooting near the Texas A&M University campus. (Source: Photo via Facebook) Brazos County Constable Brian Bachman was killed in the shooting near the Texas A&M University campus. (Source: Photo via Facebook)
Aerials show police clustered on a street corner while a man appears to be examining a gun with a police officer on the right hand side of the image after a gunman opened fire near Texas A&M University. Aerials show police clustered on a street corner while a man appears to be examining a gun with a police officer on the right hand side of the image after a gunman opened fire near Texas A&M University.
The location of the shooting spree in relation to the Texas A&M University Campus. The location of the shooting spree in relation to the Texas A&M University Campus.
COLLEGE STATION, TX (KLTV) -

Local media outlets are reporting the identity of the suspect in the fatal shooting near the Texas A&M campus that left three dead, including a law enforcement officer, after he opened fire just blocks away from the Texas A&M University campus on Monday.

KBTX reports that Thomas Caffall's mother confirms he's the gunman in the fatal shooting.

Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum of the College Station Police Department says officers responded to a shots fired call. Once they arrived, they began to take fire from an individual inside of a home just southeast of the Texas A&M University campus.

Officials say the shooter, a 35-year-old man, suffered a gunshot wound when police returned fire into the home. He was taken in to custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound, where he died from his injuries.

When the College Station Police arrived on the scene, Brazos County Constable Brian Bachman was down in the front yard.

McCollum says officers began to administer CPR to Bachman until EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Constable Bachman was serving an eviction notice at the shooter's home in the 200 block of Fidelity Street when he was shot and killed.

Witnesses told KBTX in Bryan that the shooter allegedly shot Bachman five times before going through his pockets.

Bachman served Brazos County for 13 of his 20 years in law enforcement. He is survived by his wife and children.

McCollum called Constable Bachman "a pillar in the community."

"We're trying to understand why this tragedy has occurred," said McCollum.

Two civilians were shot in the incident. Chris Northcliff, 43-years-old, suffered fatal injuries; 51-year-old Barbara Holdsworth of Houston, underwent surgery at St. Joseph Regional Health Center. She is listed in serious condition after the surgery.

Another officer, CSPD officer Jutin Oehkle, 25, was shot in the calf and is in stable condition. Two other officers, 54-year-old, Brad Smith and 30-year-old Phil Dorsett were treated and released after they were injured by gun shrapnel.

Other than Constable Bachman, the College Station Police Department is not releasing the identities of any of the shooting victims at this time, pending notification of next of kin.

A witness, Will Hatheway, told KBTX that he heard 30 shots fired. He also said that police officers were taking cover behind their vehicles and ordering residents back into their homes.

The shooting happened around the noon hour at the intersection of Fidelity and Highlands Street, just two blocks southeast of the Texas A&M University campus.

Witness reports indicate the scene was active for approximately half an hour.

Officer Jon Agnew with the Bryan Police Department says that there is no indication there is more than one shooter.

"We have no information right now that leads us to believe there is another suspect that's involved in this," Agnew said. "This happened in a residential area, it didn't move from the residential area."

Police also said that the area, which is just blocks from campus and near Kyle Field, the football stadium, has been secured.

"We still have a lot of work to do," Agnew says.

Various local media outlets reported that the shooter was firing an automatic weapon from a house.

Texas A&M's Code Maroon Alert system issued an alert around 12:45p.m. saying police had the shooter in custody and urged the public to continue to avoid the area.

KBTX-TV reports the shooter was firing from a house with automatic weapons. They have also confirmed law enforcement are some of those reported shot in the incident.

College Station, Bryan, and Texas A&M University Police, along with Brazos County constables responded to the scene.

KLTV has a crew posted in College Station to update us on this developing story.

This is the fourth mass shooting incident in the country in four weeks.

On July 17, Nathan Van Wilkins opened fire on the Copper Top Bar in Tuscaloosa, AL, injuring 17. Fortunately, no one was killed.

A gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, CO, at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. James Holmes, who is in custody for the massacre, killed 12 and injured 58 people.

On Aug. 5 in Oak Creek, WI, a gunman with ties to white supremacists groups walked into a Sikh Temple and opened fire, killing six before shooting and killing himself.

For the latest emergency alerts from Texas A&M University: Click here.

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved. RNN contributed to this report.

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