1 dead, 1 injured in Texas school shooting; suspect is arrested
ARLINGTON, Texas –
Police say a student opened fire at a Dallas-area school Monday morning, killing one student and wounding another before being arrested on murder charges.
The shooting began on the campus of a high school in suburban Arlington around 6:55 a.m., before many students arrived at class on their first day back to class after spring break, according to police and officials. learning area.
Arlington Police Chief Al Jones said on Monday that a male student who was shot died at the hospital and a female victim was receiving medical attention after being “grazed through” by shrapnel, causing non-invasive injuries. danger to life. He declined to give their ages or grades.
Another male student was arrested at the scene and charged with murder, Jones said at an afternoon news conference. The sheriff declined to name the shooting suspect because he was a minor, but said he was being held at an area juvenile detention center.
Jones said the gunman fled the scene without even entering the Lamar High School building and was apprehended by response officers “within minutes”. He said investigators recovered a gun used in the shooting but the shooter’s motives and where he obtained the weapon remain unclear.
Jones said police officers normally stationed at the school were not present during the shooting, which began shortly before officers began duty.
Arlington Independent School District spokeswoman Anita Foster said the school was cordoned off at the time of the shooting but school buses and other oncoming students were diverted off campus first. when classes start. Police said they completed their search of the school at 10:40 a.m
According to Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos, school staff began reuniting students who were sheltering inside the building with their parents or guardians around 11 a.m. He said there will be no classes on Tuesday and counselors will be available to students and staff on Wednesday.
In Texas, people convicted of murder can be sentenced to death. Prosecutors make the final decision about what charges to pursue in a case, and those charges are not always the same as those made during arrest.