One person is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot at Alpine High School in West Texas. Area schools were put on lockdown this morning after reports of an active shooter.
Travis Bubenik of Marfa Public Radio told the Texas Standard that the situation now appears calm:
“They have one person who is deceased on the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot,” Bubenik says. “They believe this person to be in fact the shooter. We are also told by the Brewster County Sheriff there that one student was shot and is injured, and was taken to a nearby hospital. Of course, no word yet on how that student is doing but he did say that it was a student that was shot. He said that the student was shot in the lower extremities.”
A federal agent was also shot, though that may have been from friendly fire.
Some law enforcement agents were sent to Sul Ross State University in Alpine after the Brewster County sheriff’s office received a call threatening the campus.
“They’re focusing on that area now because they received a call into their department,” Bubenik says, “with somebody threatening to blow up the school, or do something of that nature to the school. The caller apparently said, ‘Y’all better leave me alone, I’m headed over there.’”
Sul Ross State University was also on lockdown, before authorities evacuated the school as a precaution. Other are schools were also released early. As of this writing, no threats to the university have been confirmed.