Three police cadets were injured at the College of the Mainland on Thursday evening after another cadet accidentally fired a weapon inside a school classroom, police said.

The shooting happened about 7:40 p.m. on Thursday at the College of Mainland campus, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.

The shooting happened when a police cadet reached into his backpack and accidentally fired a loaded handgun that he was carrying, police said.

The bullet from the gun appeared to strike the ground, sending shrapnel in the direction of the man’s classmates. Two cadets were struck in their calves, and a third cadet was grazed, police said.

Two of the cadets were taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for treatment, but their injuries were not considered life threatening, police said.

While police said the shooting appeared accidental, the cadet who fired the gun could face criminal charges, police said.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday evening.

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(12) comments

Rusty Schroeder

Police Academy real life at COM. Why in the world does someone carry a gun in a backpack, a cadet at that. The past incidences with school shootings should show it's not a good look or decision. Numerous ways this could be avoided, this person will have plenty of time to think about them.

Bailey Jones

"Why in the world does someone carry a gun in a backpack?" Because you never know when the other guy will pull out a sword.

Dan Freeman


Rusty Schroeder

That is pretty funny Bailey. You going Game of Thrones on us ? :)

Bailey Jones

Just riffing on the news of the day.

Carlos Ponce

Would be neat if taught fencing at COM. I know the girls at TCHS used to take archery.

Doug Sivyer

Geeze! Sounds like that Cadet needs some serious re-training on how to properly store a loaded weapon. Some could have been killed.

Rusty Schroeder

Well, he's wearing orange right now in Galveston County, just saw his picture on the news. Cadet days maybe over, that or a prized recruit for a couple of local PD's.

Carlos Ponce

"The shooting happened when a police cadet reached into his backpack and accidentally fired a loaded handgun that he was carrying, police said.
According to Texas Law Shield, "accidents are not crimes". "Criminal activity comes when people do things intentionally, knowingly or recklessly. True accidents are not crimes."
Gross negligence can result in criminal charges. If he had previous training on handling a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon.......
"You can commit a deadly conduct offense in Texas whenever you engage in any type of conduct that you know, or should know, will place someone else at risk of suffering serious bodily injury."
(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 22.05.)
"(a) A person commits an offense if he recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.
(b) A person commits an offense if he knowingly discharges a firearm at or in the direction of:
(1) one or more individuals;  or
(2) a habitation, building, or vehicle and is reckless as to whether the habitation, building, or vehicle is occupied.
(c) Recklessness and danger are presumed if the actor knowingly pointed a firearm at or in the direction of another whether or not the actor believed the firearm to be loaded.
(d) For purposes of this section, “building,” “habitation,” and “vehicle” have the meanings assigned those terms by Section 30.01 .
(e) An offense under Subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor.  An offense under Subsection (b) is a felony of the third degree."

Short of that there is civil liability for damages and injuries

Jim Forsythe

"Well, he's wearing orange right now in Galveston County," because he was charged with unlawful carrying of weapons inside an institute of higher education. Bond at $5,000.

Carlos Ponce

Maybe it was "Show and Tell" in his class. [wink]

Rusty Schroeder

Maybe he thought he was at the " Shot Show " , come on George, I know that cracks you up. :)

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