Legal authorities have identified Larry Bollin, 27, as the suspected gunman in Thursday’s mass shooting in Bryan, Texas. The shooting killed one person and wounded several others.
According to WPVI-TV, Bollin has been charged with murder. He is currently being held on a $ 1 million bond.
Bollin is believed to be an employee of the Kent Moore Cabinets where the shooting took place, according to Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske. Police also suspect Bollin acted as the only gunman. He allegedly opened fire on the company before 1 p.m. 14.30 local time and then fled before officers arrived. The victim’s name has not yet been released, but authorities said the name would be shared with the media on Friday.
The suspected shooter remained in jail immediately after the attack. While avoiding the arrest, Bollin also claimed to have shot and wounded a state trooper as legal authorities chased him across the state. Authorities eventually arrested him in Bedias, a small town of 374 people located 40 miles northeast of Bryan. The trooper has not yet been identified, and the Texas Department of Public Safety said he is in a serious but stable condition.
Police and the Texas Rangers, the state investigative agency, are still investigating the shooter̵
When police responded to the shooting, they found that a person had been shot and killed. Four other people were rushed to hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds. A fifth person also went to the hospital after having an apparent asthma attack, although they had no reported injuries.
Shortly after the shooting, Republican Gov. Texas Abbott offered condolences and prayers to the victims of the shooting and their families. He also praised the legal authorities working on the case.
“I have worked closely with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers as they assist local law enforcement with a prompt response to this criminal act. Their efforts led to the arrest of the suspect who was shooting.”
“We are devastated by the events of today at our production facility in Bryan on Stone City Drive,” Kent Moore Cabinets said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those affected. We would like to thank the many members of our law enforcement teams and other emergency response staff who responded so quickly. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement during the investigation of this horrific crime. “
Newsweek contacted the Texas Rangers and Bryan Police Department for comment.