It is being reported that at least eight people have been killed as a result of a shooting incident at a Texas high school. This death toll does not include the shooter, as he was taken into custody.
The early morning shooting incident at Santa Fe High School was believed to be conducted by a student of the school, as Fox 26 reports.
Ambulances along with LifeFlight have transported victims to local hospitals.
UTMB reports that they are treating three patients, two adults, and one under 18 years old.
Zach Muehe, a sophomore, at the school tells FOX 26 that he saw another student from his football class come into his classroom and start shooting.
Muehe says he then ran to another classroom to alert a teacher to evacuate the school.
He says the teacher then pulled the alarm while evacuating students.
JUST IN: Sheriff updates on latest on deadly Texas shooting: https://t.co/GSZruVebBb
-Between 8-10 fatalities.
-One ISD police officer injured.
-One suspect in custody.-"Second possible person of interest" detained and being questioned.
-Search of school ongoing. pic.twitter.com/eHnGUOaWgD
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 18, 2018
“This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The district has initiated a lockdown at the high school. We will send out additional information as soon as it is available,” the school said in a social media post.
“There have been confirmed injuries. Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location,” they added in a later post.
President Trump responded to initial reports of the shooting, saying “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!”
School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
JUST IN: Pres. Trump on deadly Texas school shooting: “This has been going on too long in our country… we’re with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with your forever.” https://t.co/NjpKzCWhQV pic.twitter.com/StUGqAcie1
— ABC News (@ABC) May 18, 2018
First Lady Melania Trump added, “My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.”
My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 18, 2018
KHOU reports a second person has been detained relating to the shooting incident:
Multiple sources at the scene tell us there are least eight people dead. The number of those injured is unknown.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirms one suspect, believed to be a student, is in custody. A second person has been detained.
The gunfire was first reported before 8 a.m. Friday. Witnesses said at least one suspect came into the school and opened fire in an art class. Some students also said the shooter was throwing explosives into a classroom.
As of 9:45 a.m. law enforcement was sweeping the campus for the possibility of explosive devices, a threat they said they were taking “very seriously.”
Student survivor says after hearing gunshots she and other students ran to the nearest gas station.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 18, 2018
And, from Daily Mail:
In an unconfirmed report, one student told ABC13 a in a phone interview that a gunman, who is believed to be a male student, came into her first-period art class and started shooting at 7.45am.
The student says she saw one girl with blood on her leg as the class evacuated the room.
‘We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, “Start running,”’ the student told the television station.
The student said she didn’t get a good look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.
Santa Fe Police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and ATF agents responded to the school. Medical helicopters were pictured in the parking lot, along with multiple ambulances.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 18, 2018
The Texas shooting comes just two days after a possible school shooting was prevented when an Illinois school resource officer shot and killed a gunman at a local high school.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.