Texas A&M Working To Clarify Misinformation After Shooting Near Campus

Monday's shooting happened just a few blocks from the Texas A&M campus.

While the university sent out a Code Maroon to warn students and staff, the campus was never in any danger, but that wasn't known initially.

Some media outlets incorrectly reported details about the shooting, calling it the Texas A&M shooting or saying that the shooting happened on campus.

The university is working to set the record straight and make sure students feel safe when they return to class.

The shooting deaths of Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann, bystander Christopher Northcliffe and suspected shooter Tres Caffall gripped the attention of not only College Station but the world with many news sources mistaking it as happening on the Texas A&M campus instead of a few blocks away.

"We have info today unfortunately about another shooting. This time at Texas A&M University," reported a YouTube video from SourceFed.

If you do an internet search of "Texas A&M shooter" there are too many misleading headlines to count and the timing is bad too because students will be moving in this weekend.

Jason Cook is the Vice President for Communications & Marketing at Texas A&M and says the university's response is continuing to let students and parents know the campus is safe.

"We take the security of our students, faculty, and staff very seriously," Cook said.

The first Code Maroon alert went out at 12:29 P.M. Monday warning of an active shooter southeast of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive.

"We didn't know if the shooter was on the loose or on the run and so it would have been very easy for someone to run across campus. That's why we notified the way we did... They are even using our logos and marks as part of the coverage of events," he added.

Cook and his colleagues are working this week contacting media outlets as needed to correct misinformation.

"Texas A&M is a major part of the community and when the community aches and has a tragedy Texas A&M has a tragedy as well," he said.

An outcome that's leaving an impact so close to campus.

Texas A&M administrators will be doing a thorough review of the incident and their response to be prepared for future emergencies.


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