At around 7:45 a.m. Friday, a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, just an hour southeast from Houston. A suspect has not been named and at least 10 people have been killed, but the number might be as high as 10. Authorities have detained two suspects in connection with the shooting, both are allegedly students at the high school. According to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County, most of the people killed are students. Twelve people have been treated at three hospitals in the area.
Students were alerted of an incident with alarms at the school. According to students interviewed by CNN, the students were evacuated like a fire drill. That’s when students and teachers heard the gun shots and began to run away from the school.
“We were all standing [outside], but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” Angelica Martinez told CNN. “And then everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we’re all just running away. I didn’t see anybody shooting, but like [the gunshots] were kind of spaced.”
President Trump addresses the shooting this morning claiming that shootings like this have been going on for too long.
“Unfortunately, I have to begin by expressing our sadness and heartbreak over the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas,” Trump said from the East Room of the White House, according to CNN. “This has been going on too long in our country. Too many years. Too many decades now.”
He added: “We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack.”
This is the third recorded school shooting in eight days. On May 16, a student opened fire at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois. The shooter, identified as Matthew Milby, has been charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.
On May 11, a 14-year-old student injured a 15-year-old classmate by shooting them in the shoulder at Highland High School in Palmdale, California. The suspect is facing two counts of attempted murder, six counts of assault with an assault weapon and one count of possessing a firearm in a school zone.
This is a developing story and mitú will update as more information becomes available.