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TX Democratic Party apologizes for 'campus carry' tweet linked to Texas Tech shooting

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The Texas Democratic Party is apologizing for a tweet that linked the state's "campus carry" law to the arrest of a Texas Tech University student in the fatal shooting of a campus police officer.
 
As news of the shooting was breaking late Monday, the Texas Democrats' Twitter account posted, "Allowing concealed guns on college campuses was a dumb and dangerous idea."
 
That referred to a law that took effect last year allowing Texans with concealed carry permits to bring guns into university classrooms and buildings.
 
Critics noted that you have to be 21 to get a concealed carry permit and the suspected Texas Tech shooter is 19.
 
Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia said in a statement Tuesday that "our words were inadequate, hurried and we apologize," adding that the tweet has been removed.
 
Authorities say Hollis Daniels III fatally shot officer Floyd East Jr. while being booked on a drug possession charge.

Det. Thomas Bonds of the Lubbock city police department says in an affidavit released Tuesday that Daniels wasn't handcuffed while East Jr. was processing him Monday.
 
Bonds says another officer left the room and then heard a loud bang. When he returned, he found East mortally wounded and Daniels gone. East's body camera was taken, police said.
 
Daniels was recaptured Monday evening following a foot chase near the police station. Bonds says Daniels had the body camera and a handgun.
 
The affidavit says Daniels told officers he had done "something illogical" and that "he was the one that shot their friend."
 
University officials say East had gone to Daniels' room for a welfare check and found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia.