Texas school shooting leaves 8 dead, one officer injured: reports

At least eight people are dead in a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, several local news outlets reported Friday morning.

The shooter was subsequently “arrested and secured,” the school’s assistant principal told The Associated Presslocal CBS affiliate KHOU and local ABC affiliate KTRK. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed that one suspect was in custody, and another was detained. In addition, one police officer was injured.

The school district confirmed that the incident “has been contained.”

Local affiliates KTRK and KHOU reported that eight people are dead after law enforcement sources told CNN, KHOU and the Houston Chronicle that there were “multiple fatalities.” 

Earlier Friday, school district officials confirmed on their Facebook page that the school was on lockdown, following reports of an “active shooter.” Santa Fe police told HuffPost that officers were on the scene at Santa Fe High School but would not confirm any other details, while officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced shortly thereafter they were also responding to the situation.

Students were being sent to a gym near the elementary and junior high schools, about a mile and a half from the high school, according to the school district.   

Three patients with gunshot wounds are at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, according to hospital spokesman Raul Reyes, including two adults and one person under 18. Their conditions are unknown, but Reyes said one is in the operating room.

Santa Fe is located about 25 miles northwest of Galveston and 40 miles southeast of Houston. The high school serves about 1,500 students, according to statistics reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

In February, the same school went on lockdown after reports of shots fired. However, after investigating, the police did not find any evidence, and no one was injured, according to local news reports.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump both tweeted about the shooting.

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School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!
My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.
Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along wit… https://t.co/eF9UBvM3Q3
The Santa Fe high school shooting is the 22nd school shooting in the United States with multiple deaths in 2018.
To the guy wearing the MAGA hat, holding a gun and an American flag near Santa Fe High School - you’re a real piece of work.
my little brother texted me saying they’re on lockdown due to an active shooter in Santa Fe High School and my ass… https://t.co/ZlrnPwFfCj
i attend santa fe high school. twice in the past 3 months i have been on lockdown for an active shooter. im tired of this constant fear
PLEASE do not tweet any death or injured tolls about Santa Fe High School that aren’t confirmed by the police. The… https://t.co/RzKS4Ev7nW
Everytime I see a high school trending, my heart sinks into my stomach. This is getting to be too common of an occu… https://t.co/UwVnW1Mkww
My heart always sinks when I log in to twitter in the morning and see a high school trending - I don't even have to… https://t.co/yrvrfBpaWV
I can’t even begin to comprehend the mindset it takes to value a weapon over the life of a human child. I honestly… https://t.co/wQr6fCtMcR
Statement from @BetsyDeVosED on the shooting at Santa Fe High School: https://t.co/T6K7xSIPxU
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