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 Press, local 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.