Bryan, TX – A cabinet production plant employee opened fire at his workplace on Thursday, murdering one coworker and critically wounding at least four more, before he also shot a Texas state trooper who was trying to arrest him.
The attack occurred at the Kent Moore Cabinets manufacturing plant at 350 Stone City Drive at approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 8, The New York Times reported.
The shooter was later identified by Bryan police as 27-year-old Larry Bollin, KPRC reported.
Bryan Police Department (BPD) Chief Eric Buske said Bollin, who worked for the manufacturing plant, used a handgun to mow down his fellow employees in the docking bay area.
Employee Amelia Rodriguez said she and a coworker were painting when they heard a barrage of booming noises, CNN reported.
Rodriguez said she initially thought a nearby machine “got messed up again” and was heading over to repair it when a coworker stopped her.
“Someone grabbed me and said, ‘No. We need to run,’” she recounted to CNN.
Five people were shot during the initial rampage, KPRC reported.
One victim died at the scene, while the other four were rushed to St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan, Chief Buske told KBTX.
They remain hospitalized in critical condition.
A sixth employee is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries, and a seventh was transported to the hospital due to an asthma attack, Chief Buske told KBTX.
MASS SHOOTING UPDATE: A worker told me all the victims are men and it appears the suspect, who also works there, was very strategic about who he shot. pic.twitter.com/8GEnTM8kvz
— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) April 8, 2021
Lt. James aid the gunman fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, but investigators were quickly able to identify him, KPRC reported.
A massive multiagency manhunt was immediately launched.
A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper spotted Bollin in Iola, Texas at approximately 3:30 p.m. and attempted to pull him over on FM 39, according to police.
The trooper was shot during the ensuing pursuit and the suspect fled the area yet again, KPRC reported.
The wounded trooper was airlifted to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, where he was taken into surgery, according to KBTX.
The trooper has since been listed in stable condition.
Police located Bollin in Bedias, Texas at approximately 4:45 p.m. and took him into custody, KPRC reported.
He was booked into the Brazos County Jail on a murder charge and is being held on $1 million bond.
Investigators said the motive for the attack is unknown.
Here is the booking photo of Larry Bollin, 27 year old from Grimes County. Charged with Murder and being held on $1,000,000 bond. More charges may possibly be filed tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/kKQPspEPGQ
— Bryan Police Department (@BryanPolice) April 9, 2021
Kent Moore Cabinets employs an estimated 600 workers throughout the state and has sales offices and showrooms in multiple Texas cities, The New York Times reported.
“We are devastated by the events today at our Bryan manufacturing facility located on Stone City Drive,” the company said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the families and the loved ones of those affected.”
The company said it is cooperating with investigators and that it is thankful for the law enforcement officers and first responders who raced to the scene.
“Right now, our focus is on providing support to and prayers for our employees and the extended Kent Moore Cabinets family during this tragic time,” Kent Moore Cabinets’ statement read.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement that he has been following the situation closely, and praised the law enforcement response to the mass shooting, KPRC reported.
“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,” Abbott said. “The state will assist in any way needed to help prosecute the suspect. Cecilia and I are praying for the victims and their families and for the law enforcement officer injured while apprehending the suspect.”
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