Community host vigil for Texas Tech officer

Gladys Abbott
October 12, 2017

The Texas Tech football stadium was lit up in blue last night to honor Floyd East Jr.

Hollis Daniels, 19, grew up in Seguin, Texas just half an hour away from New Braunsfels. The party had tweeted that allowing guns on college campuses "was a dumb and unsafe idea" but later backtracked and deleted the tweet.

Daniels was arrested, after a short campus-wide lockdown.

It is unknown whether he was searched before being taken into custody, however, the Texas Tech Police Chief said the gun used was not taken from the officer.

Campus Police Chief Kyle Bonath said at a news conference Tuesday that his department received reports of a student acting erratically who might have a weapon.

Daniels was captured near the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium, Lubbock police said.

How did the suspect have a gun at the police station?

We know from Tuesday's news conference at Texas Tech University that Daniels' mother called the university on Monday, anxious her son may be suicidal and have a weapon. Hollis Daniels was no longer in the room, A.45 caliber shall casing was located near Officer XXXX, Corporal Snelson also advised Officer XXXX's police body camera was missing and Officer XXXX's pistol was In his holster. Schovanec said East was married with two young daughters.

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Universities can put some regulations in place regarding campus carry, including ones regarding dorms.

We are told Daniels lived in Talkington Hall, which is one of the campus carry dorms.

The laws do, however, open up campuses to more firearms being carried legally, leading some gun-control advocates to cite the shooting as a reason to speak out against campus carry and more permissive gun laws at large. "We're exhausted of hearing "thoughts and prayers" from politicians who avoid conversations about real solutions to our nation's gun violence epidemic".

It's unclear whether Daniels has obtained an attorney. However, the Democratic Party also said that gun-control advocacy is still a critical issue.

Was Officer East warned that Daniels may have been armed as he went to make that welfare check? "After Aug. 1, it is still a felonious act to have an unlicensed weapon on campus, to carry a weapon on campus that's unlicensed". While working as a guard, Officer East attended the El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Academy to obtain his Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer license. LPD says they will release information at a later time.

Texas passed a law previous year allowing students with concealed carry permits to bring guns into university classrooms and buildings.

"So the bad guys are going to go get the guns", Arrington said. "The question is if we only want the ones that are there to be illegal".

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