Texas Governor Releases Statement About Monday's College Campus Fatal Shooting

October 10, 2017Oct 10, 2017

On Monday, Texas Tech University went on lockdown when reports came out of an active shooter on campus. The shooter has since been arrested and the situation is being investigated.


According to the university, officers were delivering a welfare check to freshman Hollis Daniels. Upon entering his room, they found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

Police escorted Daniels to the local station for a standard debriefing. While there, Daniels reportedly pulled out a gun and shot an officer in the head. 

Sadly, the officer died. Daniels then escaped on foot, thus causing the lockdown at Texas Tech University. Police located the shooter at around 10 p.m. local time. 

On Monday night, Governor Greg Abbott released an official statement about the shooting. 

He said, "First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed at Texas Tech University. I have spoken to Chancellor Robert Duncan to offer my condolences, and I have mobilized the Texas Department of Public Safety to offer any assistance to the Lubbock Police Department. As the Texas Tech campus deals with this heartbreaking tragedy, Cecilia and I pray for the continued safety of the students and the entire community."

In the wake of this shooting, just a week after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place in Las Vegas, many people have been calling for stricter gun control policies. 

When news of this Texas Tech lockdown became public, many people blamed it on the fact that Texas is one of 10 states where the carrying of concealed weapons is permitted on college campuses. 

However, Fox News reported that this law only applies to those who are at least 21-year-old. Daniels, the shooter, was only 19. Under the gun law in Texas, Daniels was too young to possess a handgun in the state, and especially on a college campus.  

Please be praying for the officer's family as they experience this difficult loss. Share your prayers on Facebook. For more breaking news, read our latest article about the new details that police just revealed about the Vegas shooting timeline. It has caused a lot of questions to be raised. 

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