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Shooting in Texas High School, 1 dead, suspects on loose

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One person has been transported to the hospital and possible suspects are still on the loose after Alpine High School in West Texas was locked down following reports of an active shooter, the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in an interview with mySA.com Thursday. Elizabeth Carter, a lieutenant at the Texas Department of Public Safety, said someone brought a gun onto the Alpine High School campus Thursday morning. Around 9 a.m., the sheriff’s office received reports of an active shooter on the campus and surrounding schools and administration were put on a “critical lockdown,” a county spokeswoman said. Police dispatcher Scarlet Eldred said the suspect being sought was a male.

The sheriff’s office said there are possibly two shooters on the loose, but that no other information could be confirmed. She could not say whether the person who was hospitalized was a male or female, teacher or student or whether they were shot. The Alpine Avalanche reported that students were being evacuated from the school around 9:45 a.m. as all schools remained on lockdown. The high school is about 30 miles east of Marfa. Alpine ISD has just under 1,000 students, according to the school’s website.

Former U.S. Rep Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, tweeted early Thursday morning asking for prayers. “As we all wait for more information, please keep Alpine – Alpine’s kids – in your prayers this morning,” he said.

UPDATE : A female student shot another girl at Alpine High School in West Texas before turning the gun on herself, Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said Thursday. The Brewster County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene for reports of an active shooter around 9 a.m. and evacuated students and put the campus, surrounding schools and administration on a “critical lockdown.” Nearby Sul Ross State University also was placed on lockdown. Female mass shooters are an anomaly, according to a detailed investigation by the Washington Post. The Post looked at each shooting where four or more people died in the U.S. since Aug. 1, 1966. Since then, there have been 127 mass shootings and 130 shooters. Of the shooters, only three were female and 73 of died at the scene, often due to self-inflicted wounds.

Additionally, a police officer was accidentally shot by another officer at the high school. They were also taken to Big Bend Regional Medical Hospital. Dodson said law enforcement officials are now investigating a bomb threat made to Sul Ross State University. He said the threat came from the jail and that it was “ridiculous for someone to call in something like this.” The university was placed on lockdown and Dodson said he called the FBI to help with the ongoing investigation.

– Houston Chronicles

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