One dead, five injured in Texas shooting

One dead, five injured in Texas shooting
The suspect is an employee at the cabinet-making business where the shooting happened.
Houston, Apr 9 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/9/2021 1:37:54 PM IST

One person was killed and five others injured during a shooting in the US state of Texas, according to local police.

The police said that the shooting took place at an industrial complex at around 2.30 p.m. on Thursday in the town of Bryan, about 160 km northwest of Houston, and four of the five wounded victims were in serious condition, reports Xinhua news agency.

One of the injured victims has been identified as a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper who was shot during a search operation for the suspect.

According to Texas DPS, the officer remained in serious but stable condition.

Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske told reporters he believed the suspect is an employee at the cabinet-making business where the shooting happened.

He said the man was believed to be solely responsible for the shooting.

According to police, the shooter was arrested later in Bedias, a community about 40 km northeast of Bryan.

The reason for the shooting is yet to be determined as several law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

After the shooting, Texas Governor Greg Abbott praised the law enforcement’s swift act of arresting the suspect.

“The state will assist in any way needed to help prosecute the suspect,” he said.

This incident is the latest in a series of shootings that have occurred across the country in recent days.

On March 31, four people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed during a mass shooting in the city of Orange, California state.

On March 22, 10 people, including one police officer, were killed in a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

On March 16, a series of mass shootings occurred at three spas or massage parlours in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, which killed eight people including six Asian women.

US state to allow guns without permit
Washington, Apr 9 (IANS): Tennessee will become the latest US state where residents will be allowed to carry guns without a permit after Governor Bill Lee signed an “open carry” bill, a local media report said. The “constitutional carry” law which takes effect July 1 will allow most citizens over 21 years old and legally in possession of their handguns to carry them in public without further authorisation, dpa news agency quoted the Tennessean newspaper as saying in its report.
“I signed constitutional carry today because it shouldn’t be hard for law-abiding Tennesseans to exercise their (2nd Amendment) rights. Thank you members of the General Assembly and NRA for helping get this done,” the Governor tweeted on Thursday.
The bill has been backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). But leading law enforcement groups in Tennessee oppose it, arguing that the change could lead to increases crime and make police officers more vulnerable, according to the Tennessean report.
Of the 50 US states, 31 generally allow what is called open carry in public places without a permit or license, although firearms are still prohibited in specific locations in those states.
President Joe Biden spoke out in favour of gun control on Thursday. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic. Let me say it again: Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said in a speech on gun violence prevention at the White House Rose Garden.
“Every day in this country, 316 people are shot. Every single day. A hundred and six of them die every day,” he asserted.
He urged the US Congress to pass stricter gun laws.

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