The shooter is suspected of being a student at the high school, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. A second person detained is also believed to be a student at the high school.
Gonzalez said he believes the shooter is in his teens.
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) May 18, 2018
At least eight people were killed in today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a news conference. He added that a majority of the fatalities are students. One suspect is in custody and a second person has been detained. A police officer was also injured. Sheriff’s officials received reports of an active shooting at the school just before 8 a.m., he said.
President Trump, speaking at an unrelated event, just spoke about the shooting at Santa Fe High School. He said shootings like today’s have “been going on too long in our country” and said his administration was “determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves, and to others.” Here are his full remarks:
I have to begin by expressing our sadness and heart break over the deadly shooting at Santa fe high school in Texas, just took place moments ago. We’re closely monitoring the situation and federal authorities are coordinating with local officials. This has been going on too long in our country. Too many years, too many decades now, we grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack to the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa fe high. We’re with you in this tragic hour and we will be with you forever. My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves, and to others. Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe. May god heal the injured and may god comfort the wounded and may god be with the victims and with the victims’ families. Very sad day.
President Trump on the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas: “We’re closely monitoring the situation and federal authorities are coordinating with local officials. This has been going on too long in our country” https://t.co/x1Z8g2XnJV — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 18, 2018
Attorney General Ken Paxton issued this statement following the shooting at Santa Fe High School this morning:
“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by today’s tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”
Santa Fe High School, the site of today’s school shooting, is slated to hold their Class of 2018 graduation ceremony tomorrow at the High School auditorium, according to the Santa Fe Independent School District Website.
Republican Rep. Randy Weber, who represents the district where the shooting took place, just tweeted that his office was monitoring the situation:
My office and I are following the situation closely, and offering assistance and support. Praying for Santa Fe. https://t.co/zYin6eRiwE
— Randy Weber (@TXRandy14) May 18, 2018
Rep. Weber’s spokeswoman, Emma Polefko, said in a statement to CNN: “The Congressman is concerned and heartbroken about the events that are unfolding in Sante Fe. He is in contact with all school, state, and local officials. We’re offering our full support and assistance to all involved. Right now, we have staff at the scene.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump has been briefed on the shooting and is receiving regular updates.
Moments ago, Trump took to Twitter to address the shooting, tweeting, “Early reports not looking good. God bless all!”
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, just weighed in on today’s shooting in Texas.
“This has been my fear since February 14th, that another mass casualty shooting would happen before we did anything,” he tweeted. “Now, we have 8 more children dead and our leadership in Washington has done nothing. We do not need thoughts and prayers, we need action and we need it now.”
Three people are receiving treatment at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
One student and two adults are receiving treatment, according to David Marshall, the hospital’s chief nursing and patient. One adult male is currently in the operating room, according to Marshall.
The hospital is available to take more patients if needed, Marshall said.
Details on the conditions of the patients was not immediately available.
We’re only 20 weeks into 2018, and there have already been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That averages out to more than 1 shooting a week.
The parameters CNN followed in this count are:
- A shooting that involved at least one person being shot (not including the shooter)
- A shooting that occurred on school grounds
- We included grades K through college/university level
- We included gang violence, fights and domestic violence
- We included accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met
Click here to see the full list.