UPDATE BELOW – Suspect in custody.
The school year is about to end for most districts across the country, but won’t without one more campus horror. It’s been a bad year for shootings and it’s not over yet. A Texas high school is on lockdown right now as students are trapped inside with a g****n on a terrifying mission. Today’s deadly ambush makes it the 22nd attack on a campus this country has had this year.
Life flight has just landed on the scene at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
Update via CNN:
Someone opened fire at a high school in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe on Friday morning, officials said, leaving more than one person injured and students running from the school.
A suspect in the s******g at Santa Fe High School has been arrested, assistant principal Cris Richardson told reporters near the school.
An armed person walked into an art class at Santa Fe High School and began firing what looked like a shotgun, a witness told CNN affiliate KTRK.
The witness told KTRK she saw a girl shot in the leg. Witnesses also described hearing an alarm at the school, though the sequence of events wasn’t immediately clear.
Patients from the school are being taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Galveston, hospital spokesman Raul Reyes said. He did not say how many or give details about the injuries.
Local news source KTRK is covering the situation as it unfolds:
Santa Fe High School is on lockdown after a s******g inside the school. Witnesses say the s******g took place in an art class on campus between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m.
Santa Fe Police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and ATF agents have all responded to the school at 16000 Highway 6. Students are being lined up outside the school, and their backpacks are being deposited for officials.
Life Flight was also called to the scene. There is no official confirmation of any injuries at this time, but there does appear to be a possible body under a sheet near an exit door.
A student tells ABC13 she saw a g****n shoot a girl. This is an unconfirmed report.
Sophomore Leila Butler tells ABC13 that at about 7:45 a.m. fire alarms went off and students left their classrooms. She reports some students believe they’ve heard shots fired. She is currently sheltering with other students and teachers near campus.
Other nearby school districts are putting protective measures in place as well.
Dickinson School District tweeted their action plan alerting concerned parents of what to expect:
We’re currently in protect mode as a precaution because of reports of a s******g at Santa Fe HS. Doors are locked & personnel are stationed at outer doors to let people in and out. No students allowed outside of building. Field trips are postponed until we go off of protect mode.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez also took to twitter with an update:
S******g incident reported at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County. We have @HCSOTexas units enroute to assist. Large police presence, please avoid the area. #hounews #lesm.
ABC 13 adds that “Santa Fe is roughly 36 miles outside of Houston. According to the Texas Education Agency, the high school enrollment is about 1,400 students.”
This story is still unfolding and we’ll update you as more information comes in.