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    At least 9 dead in Santa Fe High School; shooter had multiple guns, bombs

    At least 9 dead in Santa Fe High School; shooter had multiple guns, bombs

    Houston Chronicle
    Updated 12:04 pm, Friday, May 18, 2018

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    SANTA FE, Texas – At least 9 people died Friday morning in gunfire at Santa Fe High School, law enforcement officials confirmed, while area hospitals reported at least a dozen others were injured.

    Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person, Santa Fe school officials confirmed.


    The dead are expected to include students and staff, according to a senior law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak about the investigation.


    TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING:
    What we know, what we don't know


    The attacker was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, a pistol, a shotgun and pipe bombs, the official said.


    "Officers inside encountered a bloody mess in the school," the source said, adding, "Evidently this guy threw pipe bombs all in there. We don't know if any of them went off."


    The bloodshed 30 miles south of Houston is the worst mass shooting in America since February, when 17 people were gunned down at a high school in Parkland, Florida, according to a database of shootings maintained by the Washington Post.

    REACTION: 'Yall been sending thoughts and prayers for two decades now'

    UPDATE 12:01 p.m.:
    Law enforcement officers are investigating a home about a mile away from the high school.

    11:35 a.m.: Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said the first reports of a shooting came in around 7:45 a.m. He told reporters that "suspected material" has been found off campus and that people should not touch anything they find that looks suspicious, and should call 911.

    11:10 a.m.
    : The official identified an injured police officer as John Barnes, a former Houston police officer who was retired and working with the school's police department. He was shot in the shoulder and is expected to survive, the source said.


    11:04 a.m.: Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters the number of dead could rise as high as 10. The suspect is believed to be a student, he said, and most of the dead are students. It is still a "very active" scene at the school, where he said a bomb squad and police were checking to make sure the area was secure.

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    1 a.m.: Gyl Switzer, executive director of Texas Gun Sense, issued a statement: "Our hearts go out to those affected by today's shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Texas. We Texans love our children. We must do a better job of protecting them. There are proven strategies to reduce senseless gun violence. Today, Texas Gun Sense re-doubles our commitment to stop the killing. Work with us."



    • President Trump's Remarks on the Texas School Shooting...Time
    • White House: Thoughts, Prayers After Shooting...Associated Press
    • Sheriff: Up to 10 Fatalities in School Shooting...Associated Press
    • Trump: Texas School Shooting 'Horrific Attack'...Associated Press
    • Sheriff: 8-10 People killed in Texas Shooting...Associated Press
    • Santa Fe High School shooting update from UTMB...Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle
    • Gunman Opens Fire In Texas High School, Reportedly Killing At...Time
    • Texas Power Brokers: Jeffrey Siebert...San Antonio Express-News
    • Sheriff: Active Shooter Reported at Texas School...Associated Press
    • DEVELOPING: Shots Fired at Santa Fe High School in Houston,...Wibbitz
    • Santa Fe shooting...Steve Gonzales / Houston Chronicle



    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier issued a statement offering thoughts and prayers.

    10:53 a.m.:
    Yesterday, David Hogg, a student from the Parkland high school that reignited a national conversation on gun control, had a chilling premonition. He said gun violence kept him up at night.


    "There is someone alive right now that will not be alive at this time tomorrow and has never even thought about gun violence, but everyone around them will have to for the rest of their lives," he told reporters in Los Angeles.


    10:47 a.m.:
    Santa Fe High School 10-grader Dakota Shrader said she heard alarms go off and students exited to a grassy area, waiting for an all-clear as in a normal fire drill. Then she heard three gunshots and screams of "Run! Run!"


    Shrader ran as fast as he could to a wooded area, started having an asthma attack and called her mother.


    "
    The world, I just don't like what it's becoming," Shrader said. "Every school shooting, kids getting killed, innocent kids getting killed. No family should have to suffer that just because somebody wants to be selfish and go out and hurt other people. It's just not right at all."


    10:45 a.m.:
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement: "The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by today's tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed."


    10:40 a.m.:
    Trey Lemley, 17, said he was in the school's first floor art room when a shooter walked in, his sister, Courtney Lemley, 19, said.


    Trey dropped his phone and barricaded himself inside one of the room's two closets, she said. When he left, he saw three bodies and pools of blood.


    Courtney and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Austin Evans, graduated from the school last year. They said the art room is located near a main, back exit of the school, and the room itself has an exit that leads to the parking lot.


    After being turned away from the school, Courtney and Evans walked to Arcadian First Baptist Church, where Courtney's mother works.


    In the parking lot, National Guardsmen gathered supplies before driving towards the school in a military vehicle. Small groups began to gather in the church's parking lot, staring at their cell phones and sharing details they heard from friends and from news outlets


    10:35 a.m.:
    The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has received three patients, the hospital reported on social media. Two are adults and one is under 18.


    Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster received seven injured students, a spokeswoman for that facility said. Previous reports that an injured officer was taken there are wrong, she said. Two other injured students were taken to Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, she said.


    The conditions of all of the injured are unknown.


    EARLIER:

    An unidentified law enforcement officer was shot, but sources said he was "clipped" and was not seriously injured.
    One source said the gunman was a male, but could provide no further information.

    The shooter has been "arrested and secured," said Santa Fe HS Assistant Principal Dr. Cris Richardson.




    • Sheriff: Up to 10 Fatalities in School Shooting...Associated Press
    • Santa Fe High School shooting update from UTMB...Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle
    • Police radio traffic: Santa Fe High School shooting...Houston Chronicle
    • Store manager tells story of morning event...Brandpoint
    • Multiple Deaths After Active Shooter Incident at Texas High School:...People
    • Surveillance video from the Road Runner Chevron on Highway 6...Nazmuddin Kadiwal, YouTube
    • Sheriff: 8-10 People killed in Texas Shooting...Associated Press
    • White House: Thoughts, Prayers After Shooting...Associated Press
    • Santa Fe High Scool student expected normal day...Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle
    • Gunman Opens Fire In Texas High School, Reportedly Killing At...Time
    • Santa Fe High School put on lockdown after report of...Fox 26 Houston
    • Sheriff: Active Shooter Reported at Texas School...Associated Press
    • DEVELOPING: Shots Fired at Santa Fe High School in Houston,...Wibbitz
    • Santa Fe shooting...Steve Gonzales / Houston Chronicle
    • Santa Fe High School Shooting...Laura L. Garcia, Facebook



    Santa Fe High School Shooting
    Media: Houston Chronicle


    Several other students as well as an officer was injured in the shooting.

    Joe Gamaldi with the Houston Police Officers Union tweeted, "Please keep the officers in your prayers as one officer is being life flighted to the hospital."


    Students described the gunfire, which broke out about 7:30 a.m.


    Junior Liberty Wheeler, 14, was in class when she heard five shots ring out near the art room.


    Her teacher told them to run toward the theater department's storage room, where they hid for 45 minutes before being escorted outside by the SWAT team.


    "You could smell the gunpowder that came from the gun," Wheeler recalled as she was escorted out of the building. "We were all scared because it was near us."


    Paige Curry, a junior at the school, said "I was sitting in my classroom and I heard very loud booms and I didn't know what they were. I was confused but after I heard screaming, I figured out what they were, got up immediately and started to run. I almost ran out of the school but I hid instead with the other students. I was there for maybe 30 minutes I was on the phone with my mom the whole time. They found us and escorted us."


    "There were a lot of people, a lot of different suits so I wasn't really sure but I think they were SWAT."


    "I was very, very scared but I managed to keep calm, especially with my mom on the phone."


    "I heard people were hurt and the gunshots were from a classroom maybe three doors down. I heard five [shots] maybe. It was one boom, then another boom very loud. It wasn't rapid."


    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is treating two patients, their conditions not yet being disclosed, said spokesman Raul Reyes. He said more patients are expected, including one currently being transported from the branch's League City hospital.


    He said a helicopter with at least one patient is on the way and more ambulances are expected.


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    Officers in tactical gear were deployed into the school. Outside, groups of students evacuated from the building are being patted down by authorities.


    Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office were sent to assist Galveston County officers on the scene, according to a tweet by HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.


    The ATF also confirmed it responded to the scene.


    Richardson said he could not confirm whether there was more than one shooter.

    Dickinson ISD

    @DickinsonISD

    We’re currently in protect mode as a precaution because of reports of a shooting at Santa Fe HS. Doors are locked & personnel are stationed at outer doors to let people in and out. No students allowed outside of building. Field trips are postponed until we go off of protect mode.

    6:17 AM - May 18, 2018



    "We hope the worst is over," he said.
    No further information was immediately available.

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    This is the third school shooting in eight days. . .

    Santa Fe High School Shooting: 10 Confirmed Dead, 10 Wounded ...
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    51 mins ago - This is the 22nd school shooting of 2018, according to CNN . . .

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