The shooting started in Kent Moore’s cupboards, and a Texas Department of Public Safety soldier who was later shot is in serious but stable condition The shooting took place the same day President Joe Biden released a list of executive orders to tackle gun violence

by Kate McGee

April 8, 2021

Updated: 3 hours ago

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Bryan Police are investigating the murders of seven people, including a law enforcement officer, which began in Kent Moore cabinets, where officials said someone opened fire on Thursday after- noon, killing one person and injuring five others

The Texas Department of Public Safety also said on Twitter that a DPS soldier was shot while trying to arrest the suspect in the shooting The suspect then fled and was subsequently arrested by the Texas Highway Patrol The officer who was shot was taken to St Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan, where he underwent surgery and was in stable condition Thursday evening, according to DPS Lt Craig Cummings DPS would not disclose the name of the soldier

One shot dead on Kent Moore has died and four others have been taken to hospital in critical condition, according to Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske A sixth person was shot dead but did not suffer serious injuries Another person was taken to hospital with asthma problems

There have been three mass shootings, usually defined as a shootout in which at least three people die, in America in less than a month, according to Mother Jones Texas has seen seven mass shootings since 2010

Bryan Police did not disclose information about a possible motive or how the shooter obtained a gun

Amelia Rodriguez, an employee interviewed on KBTX, said she heard a loud noise and thought it was a broken machine until a coworker grabbed her arm and told her to run

Rodriguez said as she and her colleagues tried to run outside they realized the shooter was already outside She stayed inside with a small group and went into hiding

Thursday’s shooting came hours after Democratic President Joe Biden announced a list of new gun control measures The actions come after several mass shootings across the country in recent weeks, including a shooting at several massage parlors in Atlanta and a mass shooting that left 10 people dead at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo.

Biden urged the Justice Department to create new rules that reduce the proliferation of ghost, hard-to-trace weapons and gun braces He also asked the ministry to draft a model red flag law, which allows a court to temporarily ban someone from accessing a firearm in certain circumstances.

Texas Republican Gov Greg Abbott slammed Biden for the measures, hours before the shooting in Bryan Texas Republicans, who control the state government, have long taken pride in the state’s reputation as that stronghold of gun ownership

“Biden threatens our Second Amendment rights,” Abbott tweeted “He just announced a new Liberal takeover to take our guns away from us We will NOT allow this in TX It’s time to pass legislation making of TX a second amended state sanctuary and to my office for signature “

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilbert Hinojosa released a statement Thursday evening criticizing the governor for his comments and demanding “common sense gun reform”

“Governor Abbott, when you open the door to gun violence, this is no sanctuary,” Hinojosa said. “We demand action”

Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his previous tweet, but released a statement saying he and his wife were praying for the victims

“I am working closely with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to help local law enforcement respond quickly to this foul play,” Abbott said in a statement released by his office “Their efforts led to the arrest of the shooting suspect. The state will assist in any way necessary to help prosecute the suspect”

Just over half of voters enrolled in Texas in a 2019 University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll said gun control laws should be tighter A strong majority supported the ‘requirement for background checks for all firearm purchases, and most supported the temporary withdrawal of weapons from those deemed dangerous to themselves and others

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