College Station Woman Relives Shooting


College Station police say a Bryan man is behind bars after shooting a woman at a College Station gas station.

Byron Cunningham, 18, was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and three counts of aggravated assault.

Cunningham opened fire around 6 a.m. Tuesday at the Max Express Shell station in the 12000 block of Wellborn Road.

It was a College Station woman's quick reaction that had police to the scene in minutes.

Tuesday morning, Amanda Holland was getting gas on her way to work when Bryan resident Byron Cunningham asked her for a ride.

"He got a little irritated and shrugged his shoulders and shook his head," Holland said. "I said I'll pray for you today."

Amanda said her kind words didn't stop the man's unusual behavior. He followed her into the store and then to her car. That's when Amanda called her husband and police for help.

"I walked in there and I walked up to him and I asked him if he had a problem," Amanda's husband, Jeremy Holland, said. "I said if you have a problem we can settle it right here."

But things got worse. According to police, Cunningham went back into the store, showed the store clerk his gun and stole a pair of gloves.

That's when police say he walked outside and opened fire. They say he shot at Jeremy and Amanda. Amanda was the only one struck. The bullet went through her arm.

"All of a sudden I just felt it," Amanda said. "It was like a tingling down my arm like I grabbed an electrical fence, it was unbelievable."

"I reached down and I threw it into drive and I'm hitting the gas with my hand driving," Jeremy said. "I hit my truck pulling out of the parking lot. He's still shooting, glass flying everywhere."

After the couple drove away, Cunningham fired at a delivery driver and missed.

Jeremy and Amanda made it to College Station Middle School to wait for an ambulance.

Amanda was taken to the College Station Medical Center, where she was treated for a single gunshot wound and released.

"I just hope he can get some help," Amanda said. "I hope that this will help better his life and that he can be a better person and not bitter."

Police say they still don't why Cunningham acted the way he did.


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