August 14th, 2012
01:26 PM ET

Mom: Texas shooter had mental health issues

The gunman who killed two others before police ended his life in a shootout near Texas A&M University had been battling mental health issues on and off for years, his mother said.

Police say Thomas Caffall, known to his family as "Tres," killed a constable and a bystander and injured four others before police fatally shot him.

His mother, Linda Weaver, said the family became worried after Caffall quit his job in January and announced that he would never work again.

"We had been very concerned about him," Weaver told CNN.

Caffall had withdrawn from the family, and the fear was that he might attempt suicide, his mother said.

But she never imagined that her son would hurt anyone else, or that his end would come so violently.

"Losing a child is a parent's worst nightmare. This is worse," she said.

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  1. saywhat

    But he had the right to possess guns. Mental health problems don't take that right away from someone. Do they?

    August 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I read about this yesterday on another site, and I wondered why it wasn't here.
      That being said, I have to agree that psychological background has to be looked at in addition to criminal background...

      August 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The only bar to owning a firearm in most states is a felony conviction. You can be crazy as a loon, but what psychiatric physician is gonna risk his or her practice over your lawsuit and a red neck jury.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kix

      Good point, Portland tony.

      August 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    And also a whole new definition of 'responsible'. Isn't that what is touted by gun toters and all gun lovers.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ninja Turtle

    Texas is the wrong state to kill a cop mental or not. He's white so he might get a break

    August 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      He caught a bullet, not a break!

      August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sammy Squirrel

    I bet mom did not let him play with the toys and he will get off as an abused son mental age 6. As the cops dragged him from the house he was heard yelling I want to play with my trucks, and ma yelling shut up and sell them on eBay.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Whatever can go wrong, inevitably will.
    If four things can go wrong, the on that will do the most damage, will be the first one to go wrong

    August 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ninja Turtle

    Oh! Yeah he was killed he probably still shot himself even though they say a cop killed him

    August 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 007

    It is all G. Bush Fault 41 and 43 the last guy was all pres. 44s fault

    August 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. keys1988

    has anyone else no-test all killers have mental health issues (O_O).

    August 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    Even if these killers have mental health issues, it is no excuse for their terrorism.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gunz

    All obese people have mental issues. So that's not the problem anymore than guns are.
    COMMON DENOMINATOR: Mind altering substances, prescription drugs.

    August 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gunz

    For every gun used, there is a knife, fork, hammer, baseball bat, china frisbee, and human teeth used.
    Guns are not the issue raised. Mind altering pharmaceuticals are.

    August 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    You have done a good job of mimicking a regular blogger but I am not taking the bait. Move along now.

    August 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Nor do I believe the other one.
      A little lol for you.

      August 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hamsta

    It's quite obvious gun control laws, razor wire fences and gun free zones don't work. Time to issue shotguns to every teacher. I gauruntee that will work.

    August 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hamsta

    By fedral law you must pass a criminal background check and MENTAL HEALTH HISTORY to purchase a hand gun. Locking children in a twelve foot razor wire fence with a gunfree zone sign daes not make them any safer, it makes them sitting ducks, easy targets. I guarantee that if you issue shotguns to every teacher you will not have anymore school shootings. We didn't have school shootings when the gymn teacher taught you how to properly dissassemble, clean, reassemble and fire a 22 rifle. Our final exam for woodshop was to make your own crossbow and successfully shoot it. Just to make my point a little clearer, they didn't lock the doors anc take roll call for 9/11, they told you get out!.

    August 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tristan

      I don't know where the heck you gre up at, but it sure wasn't here!

      August 15, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gumby

    Make up your mind America, first you complain about illegal guns killing, now you complain about legal guns killing people. IN OTHER WORDS NOTHING MATTERS MAKE ALL THE LAWS YOU WANT MORE SHOOTINGS ARE COMING LEGAL GUN OR NOT!!!

    August 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
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