Within the last eight days, we have experienced three school shootings, bringing our total to 22 shootings so far in 2018. Unfortunately, TX personal injury attorneys say it appears these incidents are becoming more and more common, now occurring just days apart from one another. On Wednesday, CNN stated an Illinois resource officer shot and wounded a former student who fired a weapon near a graduation rehearsal at Dixon High School. On May 11th, a 14-year-old in Palmdale, CA was responsible for wounding one person after he opened fire shortly before classes began. And of course, we can’t forget about the mass shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High school that took place on Valentine’s Day.
But just as we try and recover from one incident, another seems to be taking place. Today, another mass shooting occurred at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Fox 5 News said that at least eight to 10 people, mostly students, have been killed, although that number could rise. An officer was also said to have sustained an injury and is being treated. Students said that they first heard the fire alarm sound and shortly after, gunshots ensued. Teachers were telling students to run. One student told KPRC that “nobody knew what to do, all we did was run.” That same student said her friend suffered a shot to the leg and is recovering in the hospital.
Although it isn’t quite clear which occurred first, the alarm going off or the gunshots being fired, USA Today stated that witnesses described the scene as a shooter opening fire inside of a classroom which prompted students to flee, making every effort to get as far away from the campus as possible. One student said a teacher, who happens to be a former Marine, pulled the fire alarm to warn others about the shooter.
Who was responsible for the Santa Fe School Shooting?
Officials haven’t yet identified the shooter, however, they did state that it was a 17-year-old male.
Although there are limited details being provided in regards to who the shooter is, officials have confirmed that a 17-year-old male student has been detained along with another individual for questioning. Officials also said explosive devices were found on the school campus as well as off the grounds, according to USA Today. Police are urging anyone in the nearby area to report any suspicious items they might come across after discovering the explosives. We can expect that law enforcement officials will release more details on the suspect after the scene is more secured.
How many students and/or staff were injured in the Santa Fe High School Shooting?
Assistant Principal Cris Richardson said that she was unable to comment on the number of students who had suffered injuries, although USA Today did report that three people were admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch, one being an adult man. The adult was said to be in critical condition and was undergoing surgery. Another victim was said to be a middle-aged woman who was also receiving treatment.
As police continue to investigate the incident, we will know more as to who committed this heartless act and perhaps his motive for carrying it out.