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Three people have been killed and several others injured in a shooting close to the Texas A&M University campus in the US city of College Station.

Police shot the male gunman before taking him into custody, Assistant Chief Scott McCollum said. Reports have since emerged that the suspect, who was identified as Thomas Caffall, 35, has died.

A police officer, Constable Brian Bachmann, from Brazos County, was shot and killed while trying to serve an eviction notice at a home in College Station, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Police art the scene of the university shooting.
Police at the scene of the shooting near the university campus. Photo: AP

The gunman also opened fire on other police officers and at passers-by, killing a civilian, Chris Northcliff, 43, before SWAT officers shot the gunman.
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The shooting occurred just after midday on Monday (local time) in the historic district of the city close to George Bush Drive, the College Station news website reported.

The gunman is believed to have led police on a brief chase before he was shot and taken into custody.

Sergeant Jason James, spokesman for the Bryan Police Department, confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that three people had been killed.

He said a female bystander had been taken to the College Station Medical Centre in an unstable condition, while another police officer, injured during the gunfight, had been admitted to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He said two more officers were injured “but not through the initial contact” with the gunman.

Officers have established a perimeter around the area just east of campus, but they do not believe it was a lone gunman incident

Texas A&M released a Code Maroon warning at 12.29pm advising all students, staff and members of the public to avoid the area south-east of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive, and to stay inside if they lived on Fidelity Street.

A second warning was issued at 12.44pm stating the gunman was in custody, but people have been advised to continue to avoid the area.
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