Las Vegas Shooting: Police sheriff says at least 20 killed, gunman killed
[UPDATING] Sheriff Says up to 10 Killed in Texas High School Shooting
At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at Santa Fe High School, which went on lockdown around 8 a.m. Two suspects believed to be students were in custody.
The school district confirmed an unspecified number of injuries but said it would not immediately release further details. Assistant Principal Cris Richardson said a suspect had been arrested.
"We hope the worst is over, and I really can't say any more about that because it would be pure speculation," Richardson told reporters at the scene.
Aerial footage showed students standing in a grassy field and three medical helicopters landing at the school in Santa Fe, a city of about 13,000 residents roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston.
School officials said law enforcement officers were working to secure the building and move students to another location. Students were being transported to another location to reunite with their parents.
One student told Houston television station KTRK in a telephone interview that a gunman came into her first-period art class and started shooting. The student said 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 did not 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.
Authorities did not immediately confirm that report.
Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN she and her fellow classmates were being evacuated as if it was a fire drill.
"We were all standing [outside], but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots," she said. "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," Angelica said, adding she heard about four shots.
Another student, Dakota Shrader, told CNN affiliate KPRC that she heard gunshots after an alarm went off.
"I was in the history hallway, and as soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as ... (a) practice fire drill," Shrader said. "And next thing you know, we just hear ... three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run."
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was also responding to the shooting.
Update 5/18/2019 12:36 p.m.:
The Associated Press just reported that explosives were found on the scene at the high school and officers are working to render them safe.
BREAKING: School district: Possible explosives found at Texas high school after shooting, officers working to render them safe.
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