Police in Bryan have been nonetheless looking for a motive Friday for what led an worker at a cabinet-making firm to open fireplace on his co-workers, leaving one man dead and wounding five others earlier than capturing and wounding a state trooper throughout a seek for the suspect.
The Bryan Police Division recognized the person who was killed as Timothy Smith, a 40-year-old resident of Bryan. Two of the 5 individuals who have been wounded on the enterprise have been discharged from the hospital, two have been in steady situation and one was in crucial situation, police mentioned on Twitter.
Smith’s sister, Brittany Jackl, advised Austin TV station KXAN that the household was in shock over his dying. Smith is survived by two teenage sons and a spouse, Jackl mentioned, including that he loved his job at Kent Moore Cupboards.
“He used to ship me Snapchats on a regular basis from work, saying, `That is the place I work, and that is who I work with,’ Jackl mentioned. “He was actually happy with the place he labored, and I used to be happy with him.”
Larry Winston Bollin, 27, of Iola, is charged with homicide and tried homicide within the capturing. Police introduced Friday night that Bollin has additionally been charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon.
He was booked into the Brazos County Detention Middle in Bryan late Thursday, based on Bryan police. Jail information confirmed Bollin was being held on bonds totaling greater than $three million. No legal professional was listed for Bollin within the jail document.
Investigators have been nonetheless making an attempt to find out what led to the capturing.
Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske advised reporters that investigators imagine Bollin used a handgun and was solely chargeable for the assault, which occurred round 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The shooter was gone by the point officers arrived.
Throughout the seek for the suspect, Texas Division of Public Security mentioned, he shot and wounded state trooper Juan Rojas Tovar, who remained hospitalized Friday in severe however steady situation.
Bollin was arrested in Bedias, a tiny neighborhood about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Bryan, Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell mentioned about two hours after the assault.
Bryan is about 100 miles northwest of Houston and is close to Texas A&M College. With greater than 86,000 residents, it’s the seat of Brazos County.
In an announcement posted on its Fb web page, Kent Moore Cupboards mentioned “our hearts are hurting” and requested for “ideas and prayers” for its workers and their households.
“We’re all devastated by the tragic occasions at our Stone Metropolis manufacturing plant in Bryan on Thursday,” the assertion mentioned. “We’re totally cooperating with the police who’re investigating this horrible crime.”
The corporate, which is headquartered in Bryan, makes customized cupboards. In line with its web site, it has design facilities in almost a dozen Texas cities and employs greater than 600 folks.
Worker Amelia Rodriguez mentioned she heard a number of gunshots, describing them as a “growth,” and ran exterior solely to appreciate the shooter was, by then, additionally exterior. She mentioned she went again into the constructing and hid.
“I haven’t got … phrases to precise the sorrow that I really feel in my coronary heart for all these things occurring,” referring to shootings in El Paso and elsewhere in the USA. “It is so unhappy it needed to occur to us, too,” Rodriguez mentioned.
“Everyone advised me this man may be very calm and … out of the blue he decides to do that,” Rodriguez mentioned.
Worker Matthew Hawkins mentioned he heard what he thought was a loud crash, then realized it was gunfire and finally ran exterior the constructing.
“It felt like a drill after which at any time when the pictures began it was like, `It is a capturing. OK, I run, I suppose?'” he mentioned.