SANTA FE, Texas – No less than eight individuals died Friday morning in gunfire at Santa Fe Highschool, legislation enforcement officers confirmed, whereas at the very least 12 others had been injured, in accordance with space hospitals.
Police arrested a suspect and detained a second individual, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez stated through Twitter.
The bloodshed 30 miles south of Houston is the worst mass capturing in America since February, when 17 individuals had been gunned down at a highschool in Parkland, Florida, in accordance with a database of shootings maintained by the Washington Put up.
UPDATE 10:47 a.m.: Tenth grader Dakota Shrader stated he heard alarms go off and college students exited to a grassy space, ready for an all-clear as in a traditional fireplace drill. Then he heard three gunshots and screams of “Run! Run!”
Shrader ran as quick as he might to a wooded space, began having an bronchial asthma assault and referred to as his mom.
“The world, I simply don’t love what it is changing into,” Shrader stated. “Each faculty capturing, youngsters getting killed, harmless youngsters getting killed. No household ought to need to undergo that simply because any individual needs to be egocentric and exit and harm different individuals. It is simply not proper in any respect.”
10:45 a.m.: Texas Lawyer Normal Ken Paxton issued a press release: “The ideas and prayers of all Texans are with the individuals of Santa Fe and people affected by right now’s tragic capturing. As horrific studies come out of Santa Fe Excessive College, my workplace stands prepared to help native legislation enforcement as wanted.”
10:40 a.m.: Trey Lemley, 17, stated he was within the faculty’s first ground artwork room when a shooter walked in, his sister, Courtney Lemley, 19, stated.
Trey dropped his telephone and barricaded himself inside one of many room’s two closets, she stated. When he left, he noticed three our bodies and swimming pools of blood.
Courtney and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Austin Evans, graduated from the varsity final 12 months. They stated the artwork room is situated close to a principal, again exit of the varsity, and the room itself has an exit that results in the car parking zone.
After being turned away from the varsity, Courtney and Evans walked to Arcadian First Baptist Church, the place Courtney’s mom works.
Within the car parking zone, Nationwide Guardsmen gathered provides earlier than driving in the direction of the varsity in a army automobile. Small teams started to assemble within the church’s car parking zone, gazing their cell telephones and sharing particulars they heard from mates and from News shops
10:35 a.m.: The College of Texas Medical Department in Galveston has obtained three sufferers, the hospital reported on social media. Two are adults and one is beneath 18.
Clear Lake Regional Medical Heart in Webster obtained seven injured college students, a spokeswoman for that facility stated. Earlier studies that an injured officer was taken there are mistaken, she stated. Two different injured college students had been taken to Mainland Medical Heart in Texas Metropolis, she stated.
The situations of all the injured are unknown.
An unidentified legislation enforcement officer was shot, however sources stated he was “clipped” and was not severely injured.
One supply stated the gunman was a male, however might present no additional data.
The shooter has been “arrested and secured,” stated Santa Fe HS Assistant Principal Dr. Cris Richardson.
A number of different college students in addition to an officer was injured within the capturing.
Joe Gamaldi with the Houston Police Officers Union tweeted, “Please preserve the officers in your prayers as one officer is being life flighted to the hospital.”
College students described the gunfire, which broke out about 7:30 a.m.
Junior Liberty Wheeler, 14, was at school when she heard 5 pictures ring out close to the artwork room.
Her trainer advised them to run towards the theater division’s storage room, the place they hid for 45 minutes earlier than being escorted outdoors by the SWAT group.
“You possibly can scent the gunpowder that got here from the gun,” Wheeler recalled as she was escorted out of the constructing. “We had been all scared as a result of it was close to us.”
Paige Curry, a junior on the faculty, stated “I used to be sitting in my classroom and I heard very loud booms and I did not know what they had been. I used to be confused however after I heard screaming, I discovered what they had been, acquired up instantly and began to run. I virtually ran out of the varsity however I hid as an alternative with the opposite college students. I used to be there for perhaps 30 minutes I used to be on the telephone with my mother the entire time. They discovered us and escorted us.”
“There have been lots of people, quite a lot of totally different fits so I wasn’t actually certain however I believe they had been SWAT.”
“I used to be very, very scared however I managed to maintain calm, particularly with my mother on the telephone.”
“I heard individuals had been harm and the gunshots had been from a classroom perhaps three doorways down. I heard 5 [shots] perhaps. It was one increase, then one other increase very loud. It wasn’t speedy.”
The College of Texas Medical Department at Galveston is treating two sufferers, their situations not but being disclosed, stated spokesman Raul Reyes. He stated extra sufferers are anticipated, together with one at the moment being transported from the department’s League Metropolis hospital.
He stated a helicopter with at the very least one affected person is on the best way and extra ambulances are anticipated.
Officers in tactical gear had been deployed into the varsity. Exterior, teams of scholars evacuated from the constructing are being patted down by authorities.
Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace had been despatched to help Galveston County officers on the scene, in accordance with a tweet by HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
The ATF additionally confirmed it responded to the scene.
Richardson stated he couldn’t verify whether or not there was multiple shooter.
“We hope the worst is over,” he stated.
No additional data was instantly out there.