The city of College Station has identified the suspect believed to be responsible for the shooting in which three people died near the University's campus as 35-year-old Thomas Caffall, according to CNN. The victims include 41-year-old Texas constable Brian Bachmann, 51-year-old civilian Chris Northcliff of College Station, and the shooter himself. Four other people suffered gunshot wounds during the roughly 30 minutes of fire: A bullet hit a College Station police officer in the calf, two other officers sustained "non- life-threatening" injuries, and Barbara Holdsworth, a 55-year-old mother of a Texas A&M student who was helping her daughter move underwent surgery for lung damage, according to Culture Map Houston.
"A report from Barbara's daughter, Sarah: She is in ICU and has lung damage," Holdsworth's friend posted on her Facebook page. "The surgeons said 'she is not out of the woods, yet.'"
Local KETK earlier reported that the standoff began at about 12:15 p.m. when Bachmann served the shooter with an eviction notice at his single-family home just south of the A&M campus.
Responding police officers "received fire from the suspect inside ... took cover and defended themselves," said Scott McCollum, assistant chief with the College Station police department. One witness said he heard about 30 shots during a flurry of fire that lasted a minute or two. Another witness told the Huffington Post that Caffall was shot several times by officers when he stormed out of the house.
The Huffington Post spoke with Caffall's mother Linda Weaver, who said her son was having "difficulties" with his mental health in recent years. "The minute I saw the TV I knew it was him," she said. "I've been that worried about him." She added about the other victims: "If you're going to commit suicide, why take all these other people with you?"
On a Facebook page that appears to belong to Caffall, he describes himself as "a cross between Forrest Gump and Jack Kerouac (without the drugs). I'm on the road, permanently." Caffall also posted multiple pictures of weapons he apparently purchased. He posted one such photo in May of last year, captioned, "I just got a new toy! It's a Russian Mosin Nagant ... I'll be at the gun range as much as I can."
Caffall's stepfather Richard Weaver told local KPRC that he was not shocked that Caffall, whom he termed a "ticking time bomb," was involved. "We are devastated for the families that this SOB killed," Weaver said. "He was crazy as hell. At one point, we were afraid that he was going to come up here and do something to his mother and me."
According to Weaver, Caffall quit his job nine months ago and said he would never work for anybody again.
Caffall's Facebook page also contains multiple quotations. One of them that he attributes to George Orwell reads: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."