"During this time the student pulled a gun and fatally shot officer East", said Chief of Police Kyle Bonath. He also didn't say whether East checked Daniels for weapons when arresting him, and he didn't take questions. Smith said he was attending a student recital on campus Monday when he got an emergency alert from the university officials saying that the campus was on lockdown and that a gunman was loose. Cook said multiple officers tackled Daniels and apprehended him, and he was then transported to the Lubbock Police Department, where he remained on Tuesday.
Hollis Daniels, 19, was charged with capital murder of a peace officer Monday on the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock, Texas.
Although it isn't yet clear how Daniels was able to gain possession of a weapon, the shooting has reignited debate over SB11, a 2015 law commonly known as "campus carry", which allows licensed handgun owners to carry weapons on campus.
It was only during the search for Daniels that the school's counseling center revealed that his family had called to say he was making comments about suicide and were anxious he had a weapon, Bonath explained.
Jail records indicate Daniels had previous run-ins with the law, faced drug charges and was briefly booked into jail for speeding. The Lubbock County sheriff's office confirmed that Daniels was arrested in September 2016 on charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He didn't immediately reply to phone messages seeking comment that were left at a family business and calls to the family's home got a busy signal.
"At this time the family of the deceased officer will be in the prayers of the Texas Tech community", Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec told reporters Monday.
The suspect admitted to officers that he was the one who shot East and said he did something "illogical". Texas Tech is referring questions surrounding the shooting to the Lubbock Police Department, which is conducting the investigation. State Attorney General Ken Paxton went to the school Tuesday to show support.
Hollis Daniels, 19, grew up in Seguin, Texas just half an hour away from New Braunsfels. He said the law was designed for unsafe incidents on college campuses because it gives licensed gun owners the ability to defend themselves and their peers.
In the first year since the law went into effect, at least 20 Texas universities had no gun-discharge incidents or reports of intimidation with a firearm, the Chronicle's review found.
Sue Riesling, executive director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, said that the association did not see a link between campus carry and Monday's shooting.