Bryan: One person was killed and four people were wounded in a shooting at a cabinet-making business in Bryan, Texas, authorities said, and a state trooper was later shot during a manhunt that resulted in the suspected shooter being taken into custody.
Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske told reporters on Thursday he believes the shooting suspect is an employee at the Kent Moore Cabinets location. The shooting happened in the bays in a plant where employees make cabinets.
The police said a motive in the shooting was not clear.
The shooter was gone by the time officers arrived, Mr Buske said.
Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said a male suspect in the shooting was arrested in the tiny town of Iola, about 48 kilometers away from the cabinet plant.
The state trooper who was shot while pursuing the suspect was is in serious but stable condition, the Texas Department of Public Safety said on Twitter.
Kent Moore Cabinets employees were being interviewed, Bryan Police Lt. Jason James said earlier, and witnesses had identified a suspect. Police were looking for the suspected shooter, James said, but he could not describe that person.
“At this site, when law enforcement showed up it was already over with,” Mr James said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sent agents and dogs to the scene of the shooting, said spokesman Deon Washington.
Police asked people to stay away from the business during the investigation.
Bryan is about 160 kilometers northwest of Houston. Kent Moore Cabinets is headquartered in Bryan and employs more than 600 people across the state, according to the company’s website.
The company makes custom cabinets and has design centers in neighboring College Station and nearly a dozen Texas cities.
A person who answered the phone Thursday at Kent Moore Cabinets’ headquarters said she could not provide any information on the shooting.
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New Delhi/Lucknow: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed its first chargesheet against former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati on Thursday even as it attached 60 assets and over 50 bank accounts of his and his family members worth over ₹ 55 crore, officials said.
The central agency is probing the former legislator, who held the mining portfolio in the Samajwadi Party government led by Akhilesh Yadav, on money laundering charges in a case linked to alleged possession of disproportionate assets.
“A total of 57 bank accounts with a total balance of ₹ 3.5 crore and 60 immovable properties worth ₹ 33.45 crore have been provisionally attached. The total market value of such properties as on date is over ₹ 55 crore,” the Lucknow zonal office of the ED said.
It also filed a prosecution complaint or chargesheet against Prajapati and others before a special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court in Lucknow on charges of amassing a huge number of properties in the names of his family members, benamis and companies controlled through his sons and dummy directors.
Joint Director of the ED (Lucknow zone) Rajeshwar Singh said further investigation in the case is in progress and attachment of some more benami properties located in Mumbai, Lucknow and other places will be done and further prosecution complaints filed against other accused.
Prajapati was booked earlier this year by the ED in the money-laundering case after analysing a vigilance FIR lodged against him by the Uttar Pradesh police on charges of possessing disproportionate assets. He was already being probed by the central agency in a case of illegal mining.
The agency claimed that “Prajapati’s total income when he was a minister (from 2013 to 2017) was only ₹ 72.38 lakh, including his salary of around ₹ 25.4 lakh”.
“He had shown a substantial rental income but most of it was found to be bogus and only to inflate his income,” it said.
The agency alleged that the assets “standing in the name of the family members of Prajapati, the benami holders and various companies wherein his sons are/were directors were found to be worth over ₹ 36.94 crore (approx.), which is several times over and above their total purchasing capacity”.
Prajapati is also accused of raping a woman and attempting to molest her minor daughter, along with others.
He was arrested and sent to jail on March 15, 2017 and has been in judicial custody since then. He was arrested by the ED too.
The agency had raided a number premises linked to Prajapati and his family members in Lucknow, Kanpur and Amethi in December last year.
It had then said it had seized ₹ 1.42 lakh in cash, demonetised currency of ₹ 11.50 lakh, stamp papers worth ₹ five lakh, property-related documents and computers.
It had claimed that “cash deposits in the bank accounts of Prajapati’s family members and companies were found to be non-commensurate with their income-tax filings”.
“It was revealed that during the period the accused (Prajapati) remained as a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, his company rose exponentially in net worth, which he could not explain satisfactorily during his examination,” the ED had said.
The agency had said both sons and the daughter-in-law of Prajapati had “filed a substantial undisclosed income to the tune of ₹ 15.23 crore under the IDS-2016 and paid taxes of around ₹ 6.85 crore”.
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The Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) was a black money-declaration window launched by the Union government in 2016.
“However, Prajapati feigned ignorance about any such undisclosed income,” the agency said.