Santa Fe High School: 9 People Killed & Shooting Suspect Is In Custody

At least 9 people are dead, mostly students, and others are in critical condition after an alleged student, 17, opened fire in a classroom at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

Update 12:17 PM ET: Explosive devices were found, according to CNN. The alleged shooter has also been identified as a 17-year-old male. In addition to those slain in this attack, at least 12 people are being treated at multiple Texas hospitals.

Update 11:53 AM ET: The unnamed male gunman burst through the door of a first-period art class, yelled “Surprise!” and began firing, according to the Daily Mail. Students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom. This is the third school shooting across the country in the past seven days and the 22nd shooting since the start of the year. There are also unconfirmed reports of possible explosive devices in the school.

Update 11:32 AM ET: Nine people were massacred in the shooting, CNN affiliates are now reporting, while others are in critical condition. The majority of fatalities are students, and an officer was shot and wounded after the shooter opened fire inside the Santa Fe High School. The number of people injured remains unknown at the time. One suspect in custody appears to be a male student. They’ve detained another “person of interest,” who is also a student.

Update: The authorities have apprehended a suspect, according to Cris Richardson, the assistant principal at the Texas Santa Fe High School, per CNN. The assistant principal told reporters that assembled near the school that there was an active shooting, but “that person has been arrested and is secured.”

Original: Witnesses at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, say that a shooting took place inside an art class on campus between 7:30 and 7:45 AM local time, according to ABC 13. Santa Fe Police, the Galveston Country Sheriff’s Office and ATF agents have all rushed to the school, while students are evacuating the campus. While the details of this story are still developing, a witness told CNN affiliate KTRK that a gunman walked in and began firing what looked like a shotgun. This report remains unconfirmed.

“We’re currently in protect mode as a precaution because of reports of a shooting at Santa Fe HS,” the Dickinson Independent School District’s official account tweeted. “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.”

“We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN, describing the ordeal like a fire drill. “I didn’t see anybody shooting, but like (the gunshots) were kind of spaced.” The young girl added that she heard about four shots.

Santa Fe, Texas is a city of about 13,000 people and is found roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston and 20 miles northwest of Galveston. The high school has about 1,400 students. Sadly, the shooting immediately invokes thoughts of the deadly massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The deadly Feb. 14, 2018 attack left 17 dead, sparking the survivors to start the #NeverAgain movement.

We’ll update this post with more details as they are made available.

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