Texas- Santa Fe High School Shooting, Mulitple Casualties

By Faye Higbee

A shooting occurred at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County, Texas on Friday morning. There were at least 8 fatalities, at least 18 injured, and the gunman, a student, is in custody. The death toll  is expected to rise. Santa Fe police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s office, ATF, and FBI all responded to the incident.  Santa Fe is about 30 miles from Houston.

Update: possible explosive devices were found as well.

Students stated that the gunman walked into a first period art class just before 8 a.m. CDT and opened fire. One of the injured is a police officer, but the extent of his injuries is unknown. Eight others were confirmed dead. The gunman is in custody and one other person was detained, although reports were sketchy about the second person, according to Fox26.

As the alarms went off and students began running out of the classroom, the  school went into immediate lockdown. According to one report, the student who came into the classroom was armed with a sawed off shotgun and a handgun, but that has not been confirmed.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was on his way to the scene.

 

 

Featured photo via Twitter/Harris County Sheriff