Early this Friday morning, around 7:30-7:45 a.m., at Santa Fe High School in Texas, a shooting occurred. At least ten are dead, and more were injured. At least one police officer is injured as well. Most of the dead are students, but an exact number is not yet known. This is the third school shooting in eight days, and there have been a reported 22 since the beginning of the year in America.
A senior at the school told KHOU-TV that his friend saw another kid with a gun, then the fire alarm was pulled, and shots were fired once teachers and students had evacuated the building. Another student said, “We thought it was a fire drill at first, but really, the teacher said, ‘Start running,'”
Earlier this year, in February, there was a law enforcement response to the school when students and teachers thought they heard gun fire. The school was placed on lock down and searched, but at the time no threat was found.
One male, who is believed to be a student, has been arrested, and a second person, also believed to be a student, has been detained.
An unnamed witness said an armed person walked into an art class and began shooting what looked like a shotgun. The witness also said they saw a girl who was believed to be shot in the leg.
Those who are hurt from the shooting are being brought to a hospital in Galveston.
Different students have reported hearing at least 3-4 shots.
One student, Dakota Shrader, told CNN that she heard gunshots after hearing an alarm in the school. “I was in the history hallway, and as soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as (a) practice fire drill, and the next things you know we just here… three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.”
The high school, which has 1,400 student is on lockdown, along with the whole school district.