Bryan/ Texas: A gunman opened fire on Thursday at Kent Moore Cabinets in Texas where he used to work, killing one person while leaving six others injured before he was taken into custody in the latest of several mass shootings in the United States over the past three weeks.
Four of those wounded in the shooting spree at a cabinet-making plant, a warehouse-sized facility at an industrial park in Bryan, Texas, were rushed to area hospitals in critical condition, the police department said on Twitter.
The suspect was not immediately identified, although police said he was one of the employees at Kent Moore Cabinets. Investigators said they did not yet know motive behind the deadly outburst of workplace violence in east-central Texas.
One victim was found shot dead at the scene, along with six others badly wounded by gunfire. A sixth person who sustained an unspecified minor injury and a seventh who suffered a medical emergency initially described as an apparent asthma attack, were also rushed to area hospitals, according to the Bryan Police Department.
In addition, the Texas Department of Public safety said a state trooper was shot and wounded during a pursuit of the suspect into a neighboring county and was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
The Bryan Police Department said the shooting on Stone City Drive took place at around 2:30 p.m. local time. Police believe the shooter opened fire within Kent Moore Cabinets, where hundreds of people work, in the Brazos County Industrial Park.
“Right now we feel that the scene is safe,” Lieutenant Jason James told reporters while a manhunt was still underway for the shooter.
A Houston-based television station showed Police Chief Eric Buske saying the shooting occurred in the “bays” of the plant and the gunman had fled the scene by the time police arrived.
Meanwhile, police also reported the suspect was believed to have opened fire with a handgun.
Bryan, a town of about 87,000 residents and the Brazos Industrial Park where the shooting unfolded lies just southwest of the tidy-looking downtown area of the city, whose official motto is “The Good Life, Texas Style.”
The rampage is the latest in a string of at least a half-dozen deadly mass shootings across the United States since mid-March.
In past similar horrific events, eight people were slain at Atlanta-area spas, 10 people at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, and four people, including a 9-year-old boy at a real estate office in Orange, California.
On Wednesday, a former professional football player, Phillip Adams, shot and killed a South Carolina doctor, his wife, two grandchildren and another man before taking his own life in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Hours before the shooting in Texas, US President Joe Biden gave a White House Rose Garden address on gun reform, calling gun violence “an epidemic” and “an international embarrassment” and announced limited measures to tackle a surge in US gun violence in recent years.