Yesterday’s shooting in College Station — three dead, four wounded, shooter killed — was just a matter of blocks from Texas A&M’s football facilities. That fact left a number of Aggie coaches stunned.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin:
“A lot of times you see thigns on the national news, and (then) you look up, and the national news is (just) blocks away. It really hits home for you. From my office window, you can see across the street, and they had blocked off the street.”
Tight end coach Mike Lamothe:
“When I first heard about it, I thought I was dreaming. It was (happening) in College Station? Really? It was just shocking and really sad, and I’m praying for the families affected.”
Special teams coach Brian Polian:
“It was hard to fathom, and for something like that to happen three blocks from our practice field is scary. Honestly, (the coaches) live in such a bubble and such an isolated world, and we were in the meetings, and suddenly everybody’s cell phone started buzzing.
I didn’t realize CNN had picked it up, too, and we have family all over the place, so I was geting texts asking, ‘Is everybody all right?’ We didn’t even know what was going on…
It’s a scary deal. My heart breaks for the people who were affected, and my heart breaks for this community. It was just shocking that something like this could happen in Bryan/College Station. It doesn’t feel liek that kind of place, but unfortunately it’s the world we live in today.
I guess nobody is immune.”