A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a cabinet-making plant in Texas where he worked, killing one person and wounding six others before he was taken into custody in the latest of several mass shootings in the United States over the past three weeks. Four people were transported to CHI St. Joseph in Bryan in critical condition.
"Lieutenant Jason James, a spokesperson for the police department in Bryan, Texas, said in a telephone interview broadcast by CNN that the shooting unfolded at a business where" there were a lot of employees inside".
Texas DPS said one of its troopers was shot while pursuing "an individual suspected of being involved in the shooting". The suspect had already left when officers arrived on scene.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sent agents and dogs to the scene of the shooting, said spokesman Deon Washington.
The Bryan Police Department is now handling an active shooter situation that left multiple people injured by an unidentified shooter.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he had been briefed on the shooting, that the state would assist in prosecuting the suspect and that he and his wife were "praying for the victims and their families and for the law enforcement officer injured while apprehending the suspect".
Bryan is about 160km (100 miles) northwest of Houston. He has been charged with murder and booked into the Brazos County Sheriff's Office.
"It was like I was living a horror movie, you know", Amelia Rodriguez, an employee at Kent Moore Cabinets, told ABC News. The company makes custom cabinets and has design centers in neighboring College Station and almost a dozen Texas cities.
A person who answered the phone Thursday at Kent Moore Cabinets' headquarters said she could not provide any information on the shooting.
"I have been working closely with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers as they assist local law enforcement on a swift response to this criminal act". Their efforts led to the arrest of the shooting suspect.