Texas workplace shooting: Father of two dead, multiple others shot, including state trooper; suspect charged with murder
A suspected gunman in Texas who killed at least one person and wounded five others at a cabinet manufacturer was being held Friday on $1 million bond, accused of opening fire at the company where he once worked.
Authorities in Texas said Larry Bollin, 27, was arrested Thursday after a manhunt. He was charged with murder and several additional counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the shooting at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan, Texas.
The Bryan Police Department said Timothy Smith, a 40-year-old father of two who lived in Bryan, was killed Friday. The shooter’s motive was not immediately known.
Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar was also shot during the manhunt. Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Craig Cummings told reporters Thursday that the trooper was in stable condition, but required surgery.
Here’s what we know Friday:
What happened during the Bryan shooting?
Bryan police responded to reports of a shooting around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, one person was dead and five others wounded. As of Friday evening, one victim is still in critical condition, two others in stable condition and two others have been released. A sixth person was having an asthma attack and was also taken to a local hospital, Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske said. They have since been released.
The suspect had left by the time officers arrived, police said.
Cummings told reporters that the trooper was shot around 3:30 p.m. as he and other law enforcement officials tried to arrest Bollin in the town of Iola, about 30 miles from the cabinet business.
Bollin was eventually arrested around 4:20 p.m. near the town of Bedias by Texas Highway Patrol troopers, Cummings said.
Who are the victims?
Smith, the victim who died, had found his calling working at Kent Moore Cabinets, his sister told USA TODAY. He was creative, loved working with his hands and had finally found a job that would allow him to provide for his wife so they could build a future together.
“Nobody has a way of coping at this point,” his sister, Brittany Jackl, told USA TODAY. “We’re all kind of in shock.”
Jackl, who works in sales at the Florida Times-Union, said her family hadn’t heard of any issues at Kent Moore Cabinets and are trying to piece together what led to Smith’s death.
They have a military family and grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., near a military base in the area. The pair bickered like most siblings but as they grew older, they grew closer. Jackl said they’d go out dancing together and even to nightclubs, but Smith wasn’t there to drink or party.
“He wouldn’t drink at all. The moment we’d walk in the door, he would just start dancing,” Jackl said, noting her brother didn’t seem to mind the attention he’d get when he got in the zone and started breakdancing. “My brother was an amazing dancer, like he thought he was Channing Tatum in his own little ‘Magic Mike’ routine.”
Jackl said her brother had two boys, both who live with their mothers — one in Texas and the other in Florida. He was madly in love with his wife, she said, noting they’d just celebrated their second wedding anniversary in February. “When they are together, it is literally like looking at two teenagers,” Jackl said of the pair.
She said her brother worked for years in the service industry but found a fresh start at Kent Moore Cabinets.
They’d keep in contact quite frequently on Snapchat, sending one another goofy photos and videos using filters and funny voices, Jackl said. Smith, a devout Christian, would also send Bible verses or the cabinets he’d built, showing his family around the business and the people he worked with, she added.
“He was very proud of his job. He loved his job,” she said. “He was very proud of himself. He worked hard to get where he was and he was very proud. I was very proud of him, too.”
Bryan police said Friday evening one victim was still in critical condition, two others in stable condition and two others have been released.
Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar, who was injured in a shooting during a search for the suspect, was in “critical but stable condition” and also remained hospitalized, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday.
Who is the suspect?
Bollin, of Iola, is facing one murder charge, along with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the shooting.
Bryan police said Bollin is an employee of Kent Moore Cabinets but a motive was not immediately known.
No attorney for Bollin was listed on online court records.
More about Kent Moore Cabinets
Kent Moore Cabinets opened its first store in the 1970s in Texas and now has a staff of nearly 600 employees across the state, the company’s website says.
“We continue to strive to build the best custom cabinets specifically designed for discriminating homeowners,” the company’s website says.
On Facebook, the company wrote that it was “devastated by the tragic events” at the plant in Bryan. “Our thoughts are with our workers and their families, and we ask that you join us in keeping everyone touched by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.”
The plant is located about 100 miles northwest of Houston and is near Texas A&M University.
What has the reaction been?
The shooting occurred just a day after a former NFL player opened fire at a South Carolina home, killing five people, including two children.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, it is the 14th mass shooting in the U.S. in April. The archive defines mass shooting as four or more people injured or killed, not including the shooter, and includes all mass shootings, not just those in public places.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that he was “praying for the victims and their families and for the law enforcement officer injured while apprehending the suspect.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also was praying for the victims, he said on Twitter.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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