A mass shooting has been reported in Santa Fe, Texas at Santa Fe High School. The incident is over, and one shooter is reportedly in custody. Early reports suggest that there may have been two shooters, as a second student has been detained. Local media outlets are reporting that there are eight fatalities.
The incident began when someone pulled a fire alarm, just after classes began Friday morning.
“The Santa Fe Independent School District said in a Facebook post just after 9am local time that the situation has been ‘contained’ and ‘there have been confirmed injuries’,” The Daily Mail reports.
One of the injured is reported to be a police officer, though it is uncertain if that person is a school resource officer or an officer responding to the shooting.
The school was evacuated for the fire-drill, and put on lockdown, though many of the students fled campus as soon as it became clear that there was a shooting in progress.
Medical helicopters began landing in the school’s parking lot to transport the injured. Three people were transferred to a local trauma center. One is currently in surgery.
“In an unconfirmed report,” DM writes, “one student told ABC13 a in a phone interview that a gunman, who is believed to be a male student, came into her first-period art class and started shooting at 7.45am.”
Though there are reports of casualties, there are few witness reports at this time. One student in an art classroom was reportedly shot in the leg, and students report seeing blood on that student’s leg.
“We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, ‘Start running’,” a student told reporters.
President Donald Trump addressed the latest school shooting in a tweet: “Early reports not looking good. God bless all!”
First lady Melania Trump also tweeted, saying: “my heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.”
Santa Fe High School’s 1,400 students are being reunited with her parents.