Texas Mass Shooting: 1 dead, 5 injured in attack after Gov Greg Abbott opposes Joe Biden's gun control order
An employee of the cabinet store where the shooting took place remains the prime suspect
Barely hours after Texas governor Greg Abbott posted a tweet opposing the new gun control measures announced by President Biden, a mass shooting took place in Bryan, Texas that killed one person and left five others injured. According to the latest reports by KBTX, four of the victims are critically injured, and one individual is non-critical.
The shooting took place on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at around 2:30 pm CDT at a cabinet store in Bryan, which is located about 100 miles northwest of Houston. Bryan Police chief stated that an employee of the Kent Moore Cabinets store is being suspected as the gunman.
The suspect is still at large
Lt. Jason James of Bryan Police Department confirmed that the shooting took place at the cabinet store at 350 Stone City Drive, near Brazos County Industrial Park in Bryan. Police are continuing their search for the suspect who is still at large.
The injured victims have been escorted by ambulance to St. Joseph Health. Meanwhile, a DPS trooper has reportedly been shot in Grimes County while pursuing an individual suspected in the Bryan shooting. The trooper is seriously injured but remains in stable condition.
A DPS Trooper was shot while pursuing an individual suspected of being involved in the shooting in Bryan. He remains in serious but stable condition. 💙🙏🏼— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) April 8, 2021
Governor Greg Abbott opposes Biden's gun control measures
On April 8, President Joe Biden introduced a series of executive orders aiming to curb rising gun violence in the US. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it is an international embarrassment," he told in a statement.
The orders are aimed to curb mass shootings, suicides, and domestic violence. Addressing the proliferation of 'ghost guns', one of Biden's executive orders would direct the Department of Justice to formulate rules that reduce homemade firearms which often lack traceable serial numbers.
Soon after Biden's announcement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott erupted in protest against the presidential decision. He wrote on Twitter, "Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights. He just announced a new liberal power grab to take away our guns. We will NOT allow this in TX. It's time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing."
It appears that the Bryan shooting took place just a few hours after Governor Abbott's tweet which drew severe criticism from Twitter users. "And like clockwork there's been a mass shooting in Bryan, Texas since you tweeted this," a user tweeted. Another wrote, "TX Governor Greg Abbott tweets about the 2nd Amendment and then, there's a mass shooting in Bryan, TX. When is enough, enough!"
And like clockwork there's been a mass shooting in Bryan, Texas since you tweeted this— Michael Swartz (@Maswartz226) April 8, 2021
TX Governor Greg Abbott tweets about the 2nd Amendment and then, there's a mass shooting in Bryan, TX. When is enough, enough!#GunReformNow— Amy Lynn ✡️🍭🌊 (@AmyAThatcher) April 8, 2021
The Governor also issued a public statement following the shooting incident.
This is a developing story. Keep watching this space for more updates.