Texas, May 18: According to reports, law enforcement officers believe that at least 8 people have been killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Houston area. The shooting is reported to have taken place inside the school, claim news reports.
One of the suspects is in custody and another detained in connection with the case. As of now, though not confirmed, the shooter is said to be a student.
The school district has issued a statement saying: "This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries. Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location. All other campuses are operating under their regular schedules.
Some of the witnesses have told news channels that the shooting took place in an art class on the campus between 7.30 and 7.45 am.
In the video below, it can be seen that students were lined up outside the school by law enforcement to protect them from further damage.
Santa Fe is located roughly 36 miles outside of Houston. The Texas Education Agency has put the high school enrollment number to about 1,400 students.
Other nearby schools are putting protective measures in place after the horrific incident. A student witness has said that there were three shots fired first, and then the teachers told them to run as students ran hither and thither.
The students from the high school are being moved to the Alamo Gym located at 13306 Highway 6. Parents can meet their children at this location. Further details are awaited.