Vaughn said there “appears to be no other threats.”
Police did not identify a suspected shooter and did not provide additional details at the news conference. Authorities did not say whether the two women were students at the school, which is about 65 miles northeast of Dallas.
The shooting took place at Pride Rock Residence Hall — a three-story facility for first-year students, according to the Dallas Morning News. University officials said the hall and surrounding areas are still blocked off.
There have been 2 confirmed deaths. The third victim has been taken to the hospital for treatment. UPD has stationed officers throughout campus, including all key gathering points, for the safety of the campus community.— A&M-Commerce (@tamuc) February 3, 2020
We will continue to share updates as they are available.
The university canceled all remaining classes for the day and placed police officers around school grounds. Classes, programs and events on campus were also canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday, university police tweeted.
Before confirming the deaths, the school said the university police department was “actively investigating” three gunshot victims and asked students and faculty to shelter in place. The shelter-in-place request was lifted around 1:30 p.m., after about two hours.
One student who lives in the hall told the Dallas Morning News that he happened to leave his room just before the shelter-in-place order was issued.
“If I hadn’t left my room a few minutes earlier, I would be stuck in my room right now,” said Larry Cooper III, a freshman. “Anyone still on the second floor can’t leave their room.”
Students, faculty and staff are instructed to take shelter and stay in place until further notice. This is a precautionary measure.— A&M-Commerce (@tamuc) February 3, 2020
A&M-Commerce UPD is actively investigating three gunshot victims in Pride Rock Residence Hall on the A&M-Commerce campus.
UPD is currently working an active criminal investigation at Pride Rock. All students, faculty, and staff should shelter in place until further notice. All classes are cancelled for the remainder of the day and evening at the A&M-Commerce campus.— @TAMUCUPD (@tamucupd) February 3, 2020
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A&M-Commerce has about 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students, according to the school.