Injuries in US high school shooting, situation 'contained'
A gunman opened fire at a Texas high school today, wounding an as yet unknown number of people before the situation was "contained", officials said.
The incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 50 kilometres southeast of Houston in Galveston County. "There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting, and this girl got shot in the leg," an eyewitness identified as Nikki told local television station KTRK.
The suspect was in custody, the school's assistant principal, Cris Richardson, told CNN. "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," the Santa Fe school district said in a statement.
"Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location." Other schools in the district were not affected, it added.
The shooting was the latest in what has become an all too familiar situation in American schools, with shootings a near daily occurrence. Earlier this year, 17 students and staff were killed in a shooting at a Florida high school, a massacre that prompted survivors to launch a grassroots campaign against gun violence.
In Texas, the eyewitness, Nikki, said students fled the school in a panic, and several other students told local media they heard multiple gunshots. Parent Richard Allen told KTRK he arrived at the school soon after the shooting and reported seeing a number of victims being taken away in ambulances.
"My son said someone went into the art room and started shooting a lot of the kids," Allen said. Student Paige Curry told local media that she heard gunshots and then a fire alarm, after which students were taken out by teachers to a nearby gas station.
"I saw some girl, she had, you know, she got shot in the kneecap, I guess. So she had a bandage around it. She was limping and then the firemen came and got her," another student, who gave his first name as Tyler, told CBS.
A large contingent of police as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the incident. Television footage showed students being led out of the school. Some students were evacuated to a nearby auto shop, where parents were picking up their children, according to KHOU
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