A 14-year-old female student shot and wounded another girl before fatally shooting herself at Alpine High School in Alpine, Texas, on Thursday morning.
A law-enforcement officer was also injured in whatBrewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson called an accidental shooting by another officer, although he did not disclose details of the incident.
The shooting sparked campus-wide lockdowns at Alpine’s three schools, as well as nearby Sul Ross State University.
Few details, including the identities of the shooter and victim, were released Thursday. Dodson said that five shots were fired, and the injured student was transported to Big Bend Medical Regional Center for treatment.
“There was blood on the floor in the cafeteria that I saw when we went past it on our way out of the school,” a female student told CNN. “It was so scary and very intense. I’ve never been so scared in my life.”
Two active shooters were initially believed to be on the loose, CNN reported via the Brewster County Sheriff’s office. But Dodson later said that no other shooter was being sought.
BigBendNow.com first reported the active shooter alert at about 9:40 a.m. local time.
“I wish to extend prayers and sympathy to any victims’ families and their loved ones who have been affected by this senseless act of violence,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.
Alpine, a city of about 6,000 people in western Texas, is about 220 miles southeast of El Paso.