Texas: At least 10 dead, several injured at Santa Fe High School shooting
Assistant principal Chris Richardson, while talking to reporters, said that the suspect in the Texas school shooting has been arrested
At least ten people have been reportedly killed during a shooting in Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday morning. This is the third school shooting in the past seven days and the 22nd so far in the United States since the beginning of the year.
Explosive devices were also found on and off the high school campus, the police said.
"Possible explosive devices have been located at the school and off campus," the Santa Fe school district tweeted.
"Law enforcement is in the process of rendering them safe. School has been evacuated."
Local officials warned residents to be aware and report any suspicious items after the explosive devices were found not just at the school but in areas "adjacent to the school."
#UPDATE Possible explosive devices have been located at the school and off campus. Law enforcement is in the process of rendering them safe. School has been evacuated. Call 911 if you see any suspicious item. #HouNews #SantaFeISD— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018
Assistant principal, Chris Richardson, while talking to the reporters, said that the suspect in the Texas school shooting has been arrested.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez on Twitter said that a second person has also been detained in connection with the shooting.
Santa Fe High School is the 22nd school shooting in 2018 and the 101st mass shooting in America this year. It's only May. The government wants to ban abortions because it's "murder" but sit back when actual kids are being murdered by guns.— Carlos (@bIazingxmexican) May 18, 2018
THIS is America.
Witnesses of the shooting said that they saw students running out of the school early on Friday and they heard gunshots. They also talked about an alarm going off in the school, however, it was not immediately clear who rung the alarm.
Shortly after some students ran out of the school, they were made to empty their backpacks outside the premises, according to reports.
A witness reportedly told CNN affiliate KTRK that an armed person had walked into an art class at the school and began firing with what appeared like a shotgun.
Reports state that the witness also saw a girl being shot in the leg during the gunfire.
We shouldn’t accept a reality where phrases like “another school shooting” are just part of daily life. My heart is with the people of Santa Fe, because these kids and their families are going through hell. But frankly, that doesn’t feel like it’s enough. This has got to stop.— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) May 18, 2018
All of the wounded have been taken to a hospital in the city of Galveston, hospital spokesperson Raul Reyes said. The official, however, did not reveal any details about casualties of the injuries inflicted on the wounded.
Sheriff Gonzales, however, said that at least one police officer was injured during the shooting.
Aerial video of the school showed multiple police officers gathered outside the school, while some were spotted searching students and their backpacks.
A 14-year-old student, Angelica Martinez, while talking to CNN said that she and her schoolmates were being evacuated from the school at one point and it seemed "like it's a fire drill."
Thoughts with all the poor victims at Santa Fe High School. ❤️❤️— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) May 18, 2018
The shooting happened despite armed security on site.
And still people claim ‘more guns’ will solve the problem. Never has, never will.
Wake up America!!!
"We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots. And then everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we're all just running away," the teenager continued.
"I didn't see anybody shooting, but like (the gunshots) were kind of spaced," Martinez added. She said that she had heard about a total of four shots being fired.
Today is my last day of school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high and I find out there’s been a shooting in Texas at Santa Fe high school. My heart aches for them. 💔— Kyra Parrow (@longlivekcx) May 18, 2018
A somber President Donald Trump, who was speaking at an event on prison reform at the White House, expressed "sadness and heartbreak" over the deadly shooting spree.
We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever... pic.twitter.com/LtJ0D29Hsv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Here is a full transcript of his statement:
Unfortunately, I have to begin by expressing our sadness and heartbreak over the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that took place moments ago. We’re closely monitoring the situation and federal authorities are coordinating with local officials. This has been going on too long in our country. Too many years, too many decades now. We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack to the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High. We’re with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever. My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others. Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. A very sad day, very, very sad.
The Texas shooting is the biggest school shooting this year after the Parkland massacre, where a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire in the campus with his legally-bought AR-15 rifle, killing 17. Most of the victims of the massacre were students and teachers.