Multiple deaths in Texas high school shooting

Officers from Harris County Sheriff's Office at Santa Fe High School. The sheriff's office said its deputies were assisting with a "multiple-casualty incident".
Officers from Harris County Sheriff's Office at Santa Fe High School. The sheriff's office said its deputies were assisting with a "multiple-casualty incident".PHOTO: REUTERS

SANTA FE • Multiple people were killed yesterday in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, CNN reported, in the latest gun violence in a country still shaken by the massacre at a Florida high school in February.

Citing unnamed sources, CNN said there were multiple fatalities at the school, about 48km south-east of Houston. The sheriff's office for nearby Harris County said its deputies were assisting with a "multiple-casualty incident".

United States President Donald Trump wrote of the shooting on Twitter: "Early reports not looking good. God bless all!"

An assistant principal at Santa Fe High School told ABC-13 in Houston that a shooter had been "arrested and secured".

The TV station reported that law enforcement sources said the shooter appeared to be a student.

Sophomore Leila Butler told the local ABC affiliate that fire alarms went off at about 7.45am and students left their classrooms.

She said some students believe they heard shots fired, and that she was sheltering with other students and teachers near campus.

Another sophomore, named only as Nikki, told ABC-13 that: "Someone had walked in with a shotgun and a girl got shot in her leg."

The latest shooting at a US school underscored a renewed national debate over gun control and gun rights that has intensified after an assailant killed 17 students and employees on Feb 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

In February, the Santa Fe High School was placed on lockdown while police investigated a "popping sound" that was feared to be gunshots, but no threat was found, the school district said.

REUTERS, NYTIMES, WASHINGTON POST

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Multiple deaths in Texas high school shooting'. Print Edition | Subscribe