Multiple students were killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday morning, federal officials told local media.
Federal and county officials said at least eight students were killed and an officer was wounded, according to KHOU11 in Houston. Later that number was upgraded to ten fatalities. The outlet also reported that the shooter is in custody, but that there were reports of a possible explosive device inside the building.
The shooting began in an art class between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m., witnesses told KTRK in Houston. At least one witness said the gunman used a shotgun. One student told the publication that they saw a gunman shoot a girl.
The Santa Fe School District said in a statement that it initiated a lockdown after an active shooter incident at the high school. In another statement, the district said there are ‘confirmed injuries’ at the school.
Dr. Cris Richardson, assistant principal of Santa Fe High School confirmed that a person has been arrested and that the situation has been contained, according to CNN. The shooter appears to be a student, according to preliminary reports from KTRK.
A Life Flight was called to the school.
Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN that when gunshots erupted, “everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we're all just running away."
Santa Fe High School has about 1,400 students, according to GreatSchools.org.
Reuters contributed to this report.
[Photo: Houston County Sheriff's Office]