Not much news, but I just drove into work past a large plume of black smoke which was stark against a clear windless blue sky. As I drove though the guardshack the officer on duty told me he'd heard shots fired; twenty-five of them, somewhere between the college campus and the nearly adjacent police station.
As I exited my car I saw two stationary choppers high in the sky and one very, very low doing circular sweeps over what looked like the Quik Trip across the street from Collin County Community College. I have my newshounds out gathering informations.
High-speed State Trooper followed by an SUV - lots of sirens.
Quad "C" of the Community College has been shut down; 5 enroute to jail. They're adding cops to the perimeter [presumably of the school] and may be looking for more people. Thanks drax0r on the scanner!
Campus on lockdown.
@TobyMarie reports suspects at large?
Authorities widening the search.
Two suspects set a truck on fire outside the police station to draw people out, then opened fire on those coming out of the building with semi-automatic weapons (explains the smoke I saw).
@drax0r (unconfirmed chatter): I just spoke with someone at the scene, the suspect drove into the PD lot, claimed to have a bomb, then set his trailer on fire. As officers responded both on foot and in vehicle, the suspect opened fire and was shot by police.
Just hit FoxNews - confirms suspect at large.
Tweets hitting feeds claiming shots were fired on the adjacent campus - so far that appears NOT to be the case.
McKinney, TX shooting: NOT on campus - adjacent police station. Search for at large continues to widen.
McKinney, Texas: Fourth helicopter on scene overhead.
Plausible - http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world/mckinney-tx-campus-of-collin-college-on-lockdown-active-shooter-incident-possible-doa_100413872.html
Eyewitnesses say one of the shooters was wearing a flak jacket.
College reopens; news conference at 11:30.
Police found one dead at shooter's home (uncomfirmed) News conference at City Hall soon.
Wife packed me a delicious mayonnaise-free tuna salad sammich on a toasted wheat baguette.
Still sitting on some 411 I'm waiting to confirm as related and/or report only *after* I hear it on local news channels first.
Here's what I've been sitting on since about 1130, as reported by the Dallas Morning News -
Early this afternoon, Collin County sheriff's deputies were at outside a house in rural Anna, where they said they were waiting for McKinney police and a search warrant. The area is one of gravel roads and manufactured homes.
Neighbors said they saw the man who lived at the house with his brother leave this morning in his pickup pulling a trailer. They said they saw the same pickup and trailer on the TV news.
"He was a pretty quiet guy," said Zeppy Benavides, who lives next door. He said they recently discussed putting a fence between their yards.
He said his neighbor would fire handguns into the air on Christmas and the Fourth of July.
Where was the Anna Avenger? (Probably posting on the thread which was started on the Anna Texas Forum!)
@lineback: McKinney Police say shooting suspect is 29-year old Patrick Gray Sharp -- lived outside the city of Anna, Texas
According to a Dallas Morning News article A Patrick Sharp of Anna has a MySpace page that shows a man holding a number of guns. One caption reads, "I love guns more than toothpaste."
And now most of the nation thinks Anna, TX is a haven for toothless rednecks. Thanks a lot!
McKinney, Texas Mounted Police