Shots rang throughout the halls of one western Texas high school Thursday morning, injuring two people and leaving one dead, according to Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson.
One female student at Alpine High School was shot and wounded in the lower extremities by another female student just before fatally turning the gun on herself, Alpine official’s said.
The incident took place outside the school’s bathroom, Dodson said, near the band hall.
“We all started crying,” one student said as she recalled her teacher’s order to hide in the closet.
A federal officer, who responded to the scene, was also shot in the leg after a marshal’s weapon discharged accidentally.
An initial investigation indicates a total of about five shots were fired inside the school, Dodson said.
Students attending the high school were evacuated by officials to a nearby church, while other schools within the district were placed on lock down. Classes, as well as all athletics scheduled at the high school, have been canceled for the remainder of the day.
Alpine is a small town of about 6,500 people and sits just a couple hundred miles southeast of El Paso, TX. About 280 students attend the high school where the shooting occurred. Classes began just over 2 weeks ago.
Police say they are also investigating a bomb threat reported at a nearby University.
The student and officer’s name have not been released. Their injuries appear to be non-life threatening and both are in stable condition. The Pacific Tribune will bring you more on this story as details develop.