Police have a suspect in custody who allegedly walked into Santa Fe High School with a shotgun and started shooting, killing at least eight people. At least 12 people have been transported to local hospitals. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said police have “detained” a second suspect and that a police officer is being treated for injuries. The suspected shooter is reportedly a student at the school.
Officials from the Santa Fe school district said that possible explosives were discovered at the school and at an off-campus location and that “law enforcement is in the process of rendering them safe.” Police are reportedly searching a house about three miles from the school and local media reports the bomb squad is on site.
A witness told KTRK that the student walked into an art class just before 8 am local time and started firing what appeared to be a shotgun.
One parent spoke with KTRH and said that his son was in the neighboring classroom when shots rang out. He told the news station that the shooter then walked into his son’s classroom and shot out a window using a pump action shotgun. His son and four other students jumped out of the broken window and ran to his home, which is about a quarter mile from the school. He said they suffered minor injuries from jumping through the broken window.
The Santa Fe school district released the following statement:
“This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained. 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. All other campuses are operating under their regular schedules.
“At this time, students from the high school are being transported by SFISD transportation to the Alamo Gym located at 13306 Highway 6. Parents may reunite with their students at this location.
“The district will continue to keep you updated as information is available. Safety and communication are our top priorities.”