TEXAS – A 14-year-old female freshman from the Alpine High School in western Texas shoot and wounded another female student before shooting herself.
Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said that the Sheriff’s office received the call of an active shooter in the school at 11 a.m. ET. Multiple law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene and helped evacuate the school. Officers took the students to the nearby Jehovah’s Witness church as officers scramble to secure the buildings. Authorities placed the whole campus on “critical lockdown”.
According to Dodson, the victim was another female student who ran for help in front of the school was shoot at the lower extremities. Bystanders picked her up and immediately took her to Big Bend Medical Regional Center. Hospital staff treated the student for non-life threatening injuries and later released from the hospital.
As officers tried to secure the area, an accidental shooting occurred involving a federal officer from the U.S Marshalls and another from Homeland Security. They are currently investigating the incident. An emergency helicopter brought the injured officer to Odessa Medical Center Hospital for treatment. Doctors report his condition as stable.
A Deputy was able to enter the school through the back door of the band hall. The deputy found the shooter at the band hall bathroom and recovered the weapon. Initially, officer thought female student found dead was another victim. They later determined that she was the actual shooter who died of self inflicted wounds.
Authorities have not yet released the type of gun only that it was a semi-automatic pistol. They also withheld the names of the shooter and the victim but their families have been notified already.
During the investigation, a bomb threat at Sul Ross University was called in. Federal officers secured the campus along with bomb sniffing dogs. The threat turned out to be a prank. Another call possibly from the same person threatened Big Bend Regional Medical Center and said. “we’re going to shoot that place up”. Additional deputies arrived to secure the hospital. Authorities are now focusing their hunt for the male prank caller.
The total population of the town is 5,900. The town is located about 200 miles southeast of El Paso.