Around the time I sat down at my computer yesterday afternoon to begin drafting a post (for the American Red Cross) on back-to-school safety, a gunman opened fire on civilians and police officers very near the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
I live in College Station, Texas, and my husband works for Texas A&M University.
Thankfully, my family members and friends are fine. Shaken and angry? Yes. Physically injured? No. Multiple other members of our community, however, were not so lucky.
As of 9pm this evening (Monday), three individuals, including a well-known and tremendously respected County Constable, a College Station resident who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the shooter, have passed away. Three additional police officers and a mother of a TAMU student - who was helping her daughter move - were injured either by gunfire or shrapnel.
My thoughts are blurry. My words are jumbled.
My heart is heavy, and my prayers are with the families left behind after today's tragedy prematurely took their loved ones from this earth.
My sincerest thanks to all of you who, from across the country and in the midst of your busy lives, checked up on my family today.