Texas college shooting prompted by 'idiocy'

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013
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HOUSTON (AP) — A young man accused of opening fire at a college after someone "bumped into" him was arrested Friday about 250 miles away from the Houston campus, authorities said.

Trey Foster,22, was brought back to Houston after being arrested at around 1 a.m. in a home in the Dallas suburb of Plano, where he was apparently staying with acquaintances, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. It's unclear how Foster got there after Tuesday's shooting that injured three men at Lone Star College, or whether his friends knew he was a fugitive, the sheriff said.

But, Garcia said, Foster "confirms that being bumped into is at the root of this incident." The sheriff blamed the incident on "idiocy and stupidity, and I think today I'll add pre-puberty behavior."

Authorities say at least 10 shots were fired during the incident, causing a campus-wide lockdown and terrifying students, some of whom immediately thought of the Connecticut elementary school shootings that killed 20 children last month.

A gun that authorities believe Foster used during the shootings was recovered during his arrest, Garcia said.

According to court documents, an argument erupted after 25-year-old Jody Neal bumped into Foster on campus. About 30 minutes later, Foster and his friend, 22-year-old Carlton Berry, spotted Neal near the doorway to the Academic Building. Foster fired at Neal, who was wounded in the abdomen and leg, the documents said. Neal ran into the campus library and collapsed.

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