Texas high school shooting: Student gunman yells ‘Surprise!’ as he bursts into art class and kills 10
At least ten people, mostly students, have been killed and 12 others were injured in a Texas high school shooting Friday, police said.
The shooter was taken into police custody and a second suspect has been detained. The suspect in custody and the suspect detained for further questioning were both students.
Police officers responded to Santa Fe High School around 8 a.m. CDT after reports that a shooter opened fire inside. Officials were searching the school for any explosive devices as per protocol.
A police officer was also injured in the shooting, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. The extent of the officer’s injuries were not immediately known.
Witnesses described how the unnamed gunman burst through the door of a first-period art class and yelled ‘Surprise!’ before opening fire on his classmates.
Then a fire alarm was pulled somewhere in the building, sending students running into the hallway.
‘As soon as the alarms went off, everybody just started running outside,’ sophomore Dakota Shrader told reporters, ‘and next thing you know everybody looks, and you hear boom, boom, boom, and I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest floor so I could hide, and I called my mom.’
Another student told ABC13 in an earlier phone interview that a gunman, who is believed to be a male student, came into her first-period art class and started shooting at 7.45am.
The student says she saw one girl with blood on her leg as the class evacuated the room.
‘We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, “Start running,”’ the student told the television station.
The student said she didn’t get a good look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.