Multiple students killed in Texas high school shooting

Cheryl Sanders
May 18, 2018

The latest reports of a possible shooting at a USA school underscored a national debate over gun control and gun rights that intensified after an assailant killed 17 students and staff members in February at high school in Parkland, Florida.

The school district also confirmed an unspecified number of people are injured but provided no other details.

Police were responding Friday to an active shooter situation at a high school in the Galveston, Texas area, and school officials said there had been injuries in the incident.

Another student told CNN: "It was just a normal like class day. then we all start hearing gunshots".

"I heard really loud booms, and I didn't know what they were at first", she said, adding that she realized what the sounds were after she heard students screaming.

Students described a scene of chaos and confusion Friday morning as the gun shots rang out, someone rang the fire alarm and students started running for safety, according to local news reports. According to law enforcement agencies, it appears the shooter is a student.

"I didn't look. I just ran", she said. "So, like, the teachers are telling us to stay put but we are all just running away". The student says she saw one girl with a bloody leg as the class evacuated.

Sophomore Leila Butler told the local ABC affiliate that fire alarms went off at about 7:45 a.m. local time and students left their classrooms. The Associated Press has not been able to confirm the reports.

In an update on Twitter, the Harris County Sheriff's Office called it "a multiple-casualty incident".

Students are being transported to another location to reunite with their parents.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to a shooting at the school.

Aerial footage from the scene showed students standing in a grassy field and three life-flight helicopters landing at the school in Santa Fe, a city of about 13,000 residents roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

A nearby school district, Dickinson Independent School District, was briefly placed in "protect mode" but now has resumed activities.

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