Texas A&M officials address negative press in wake of triple shooting

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 11:10 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- As Texas A&M University’s first day of class approached, school administrators addressed the media’s association of the campus with a triple shooting.

When shots rang out last Monday afternoon just south of the Texas A&M campus, university officials were not taking any chances so they sent out a code maroon.

“There was an active shooter situation.  Obviously, we didn’t know that shooter was on the run.  And the location was just a couple of blocks from our campus so we needed to be proactive,” said Jason Cook, the Vice President of Marketing.

While the shooter never made it to campus, you’d never know it from the headlines that appeared around the country and world.  If you go online, the references to A&M shootings are too numerous to count.

“The headlines are very unfortunate and we want to make sure we deal with facts,” said Cook. “The facts are that the shootings did not occur on our campus.  It was not any impact on Texas A&M.” 

While the shootings took place off campus they happened in a neighborhood, largely inhabited by students who rent there.

 “We also realize this is a very close-knit community, something that happens in College Station, or Bryan, effects Texas A&M as well, because it’s part of our community,” Cook said.

Fortunately for everyone, the neighborhood at the time, like the campus, was largely vacant as the school year was not yet under way.

The funeral services for Constable Brian Bachman, who was killed during the shoot out, will be held on campus Saturday afternoon at Reed Arena. The arena is the only place in the area large enough to accommodate the expected crowd of thousands. 

There will not be a funeral for the man who killed Bachman. Sources close to Thomas Caffall’s family said he’ll simply be cremated.

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