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REUTERS
May 19, 2018
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10 dead in Texas school shooting

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REUTERS
May 19, 2018

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SANTA FE, Texas: At least 10 people died in a shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school on Friday and police searching the building said they had taken into custody a student suspected of the attack and found explosives in the school building. At least nine people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, hospital officials said. The condition of those people was not immediately clear.

The sound of gunshots tore through the air at Santa Fe HighSchool shortly before 8 a.m.CT (1300 GMT) on Friday, witnesses told local media, and live TV images showed lines of students evacuating the building while heavily armed police responded to the scene. The incident was the latest in a long series of deadly shootings at U.S. schools.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that eight to 10 people, both students and adults, died in the incident at the school about 30 miles southeast of Houston. "There is one person, a suspect, in custody and a second possible person of interest that is detained and being questioned," Gonzalez said at a news conference. An explosive device had also been found at the school and off campus, Gonzalez tweeted. "Law enforcement is in the process of rendering them safe. The school has been evacuated.

“The suspect is a 17-year-old male,” a law enforcement source, told Reuters. Gonzalez said a police officer was also being treated for injuries. A student, Leila Butler told the local ABC affiliate that fire alarms went off at about 7:45 a.m. local time (1245 GMT) and students left their classrooms. She said some students believe they heard shots fired, and that she was sheltering with other students and teachers near campus. President Donald Trump called the latest school massacre heartbreaking.

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