Houston: In yet another shocking shooting incident in the United States of America, at least eight persons were killed when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Texas on Friday. The incident occurred at Santa Fe High School. Earlier reports said that an unidentified law enforcement officer was shot. However, sources added that he was “clipped” and did not receive grave injuries.
As per Santa Fe HS Assistant Principal Cris Richardson, the shooter has been “arrested and secured”. An office, as well as several others students, were injured in the shooting. The Santa Fe High School shooting is the third one in the last seven days.
Houston Chronicle has quoted federal and county law enforcement officials as confirming that there are eight casualties in the incident. US President Donald Trump has expressed concern over the incident and tweeted: “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!.”
14-year-old Junior Liberty Wheeler was in her classroom when she heard five shots from near the art room. Her teacher then instructed the children to rush towards a storage room of the theatre department. The school children hid there for 45 minutes before being saved by the SWAT team.
“You could smell the gunpowder that came from the gun,” said Wheeler while recalling when she was coming out of the building. “We were all scared because it was near us.”
Two of the injured have been shifted to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Not much is known about their condition.
Witnesses describe hearing an alarm and gunfire
Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN she and her schoolmates were being evacuated at one point “like it’s a fire drill.”
“We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” she said. “And then everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we’re all just running away.”
“I didn’t see anybody shooting, but like (the gunshots) were kind of spaced,” Angelica said, adding she heard about four shots.
The witness who spoke to KTRK also said she heard an alarm. She didn’t specify if that was before or after the gunfire she described in the art class.
She said she couldn’t describe the shooter.
“I didn’t look. I just ran,” she said.
Another student, Dakota Shrader, told CNN affiliate KPRC that she heard gunshots only 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,” Shrader said, breaking into tears. “And next thing you know, we just hear … three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.”
The entire school district is on lockdown, district officials said.
The high school has about 1,400 students, according to GreatSchools.org.
Three shootings in eight days
Friday’s shooting was the third at a US school in recent days.
On Wednesday, an Illinois school resource officer shot and wounded a former student who fired a weapon near a graduation rehearsal at Dixon High School, authorities said. The suspected gunman faces three charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm.
On May 11, a 14-year-old boy in In Palmdale, California, went to Highland High, his former school, and began shooting a semiautomatic rifle shortly before classes began. He was taken into custody and is accused of attempted murder. One person was wounded.
Trump: Mass shootings have been ‘going on too long in our country’
President Donald Trump said Friday that mass shootings have been “going on too long in our country” as he offered his first public remarks on the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.
“Unfortunately, I have to begin by expressing our sadness and heartbreak over the deadly shooting at Santa Fe high school in Texas,” Trump said Friday from the East Room of the White House. “This has been going on too long in our country. Too many years. Too many decades now.”
Trump said federal authorities are coordinating with local officials.
“We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack,” Trump said.
— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) May 18, 2018
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— ABC News (@ABC) May 18, 2018
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) May 18, 2018
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