An active shooter situation caused a lockdown at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas earlier this morning. The school posted as much on their Facebook account just minutes ago.
CBS News reports that several officers are on the scene, but thus far have no further details.
Meanwhile, KHOU in Houston, which is near Santa Fe, reports that at least one student has been taken to the hospital via Life Flight.
Life Flight has responded to a school in Santa Fe where there are reports of a shooter at the high school.
Both Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office say they are assisting in response to reports of a shooting at Santa Fe High School.
The school is located at 16000 Highway 6, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.
KHOU also reports that some students say they were evacuated down the street. Other reports, these unconfirmed, say describe an exchange of gunfire between police and the suspect.
Local law enforcement aren’t the only ones responding either. According to the ATF’s Twitter account, the agency is responding as well.
BREAKING: ATF is responding to a school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. pic.twitter.com/LXC6d8jTYZ
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) May 18, 2018
According to ABC13, the incident started around 7:30 in an art class.
Santa Fe High School is on lockdown after a situation with an active shooter on campus. Witnesses say the shooting took place in an art class on campus between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m.
A student tells ABC13 she saw a gunman shoot a girl. This is an unconfirmed report.
Sophomore Leila Butler tells ABC13 that at about 7:45 a.m. fire alarms went off and students left their classrooms. She reports some students believe they’ve heard shots fired. She is currently sheltering with other students and teachers near campus.
Now, what does this all mean? At this point, we don’t know. This situation is developing as we speak and to call it fluid wouldn’t be an exaggeration. We’re still trying to gather any and all information we can on the subject and will share them with you just as soon as we find out anything.
However, we should caution everyone to remember that initial news reports are often very wrong. It’s because the whole situation is confusing for the victims and they share that confusion with the media who then reports it to a news-hungry audience. This could be nothing to speak of or it could be something horrific. At this point, we don’t know.
What we do know is that we will continue to monitor this situation as it develops. Check back here for more news.
10:21 EST Edit: Click2Houston is reporting that there may well be a fatality at the scene and that more than one student was taking out via Life Flight.
It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured, but video from Sky2 showed a white sheet draped over something in front of a door to the school.
One student said that he heard as many as eight gunshots. Another student reported hearing several gunshots before hearing alarms and being told to evacuate.
“I never thought it would happen here,” said Tyler Turner.
Parents were gathering at a nearby Chevron gas station to connect with their children. Santa Fe ISD officials said in a statement that students are being taken to the Alamo Gym at 13306 Highway 6 where they will be reunited with their parents.
Sky2 video also showed at least two Life Flight helicopters at the school. Dozens of students could be seen standing in lines and emptying their backpacks.
They also report that police have someone in custody.
More as it develops.
10:48 EST Edit: CBS News has updated their story to report an eyewitness account of the shooting.
Tyler, a senior at the school, told KHOU-TV that his friend saw “some kid” with a gun pull a fire alarm in a school hallway and then run outside. When teachers and students were outside, shots were fired.
Tyler ran behind some trees, heard more shots, jumped a fence and ran to a car wash. He said he saw firefighters treat a girl who had a bandage around her knee and may have been shot.
This, coupled with what have been reported as two Life Flights makes one wonder how many were transported via conventional ambulance for less life-threatening wounds.
There has still been no official word about fatalities.
11:15 EST Edit: CNN also reports that a suspect is in custody. Additionally, a second person is being detained by authorities. The reason for that is currently unknown.
However, CNN is also reporting a witness’s description of the weapon used.
Witnesses described students running from the school as they heard gunshots; they also described hearing an alarm at the school, though the sequence of events wasn’t immediately clear.
An armed person walked into an art class at the school and began firing what looked like a shotgun, a witness told CNN affiliate KTRK.The witness told KTRK she saw a girl shot in the leg.Patients from the school are being taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Galveston, hospital spokesman Raul Reyes said. He did not say how many or give details about the injuries. At least one police officer was injured, Sheriff Gonzalez said.
Again, this situation is in flux, so don’t take the description of a shotgun as gospel. Not yet. Even law enforcement gets these things wrong in the early stages, so let’s not put too much stock in an eyewitness statement.
That said, I can’t help but think that if it was an AR-15, the witness would have recognized it considering how much media attention the AR has been getting.
11:36 EST Edit: CNN is now reporting at least eight people were killed at the Santa Fe High School shooting earlier today.
At least eight people have died as result of Friday morning’s shooting at Texas’ Santa Fe High School, CNN affiliates are reporting.
Again, we’re still learning a lot and these numbers could go up or down as the day progresses. However, at this point, it seems extremely likely that there were a number of fatalities at the school.
Click2Houston says that authorities are still trying to determine if there was more than one shooter or not, or whether the suspect they have in custody acted alone.
2:16 EST Edit: NBC News is reporting through their headline that ten people have been killed.
Nine students and one teacher were killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School, according to several law enforcement sources who cautioned that the number could change.
It also appears the shooter had three different firearms on him. A shotgun, a modern sporting rifle, and a handgun.
The second individual in police custody mentioned earlier has been described by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as a “person of interest.”
3:51 EST Edit: The New York Times is reporting that the shooter used a shotgun and a revolver.
The suspect was identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, according to a law enforcement official. He used a shotgun and a .38 revolver, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said at a news conference. The weapons appeared to have been obtained from the suspect’s father, who legally owned them, Mr. Abbott said.
We’re not sure where the report of the modern sporting rifle originated, but, again, remember that these situations are very confusing and who knows who said what.
What we are hearing a fair bit is the use of a shotgun as at least a primary weapon in the attack.