Suspect in Custody After Shooting at Texas High School

January 22, 2018Jan 22, 2018

Last updated: 4:40pm ET

Fox News claims that a female student was wounded on Monday morning. A gunman reportedly opened fire at a Texas high school and the suspect was taken into custody. 

The suspected gunman was reportedly a 16-year-old male student who was taken into custody shortly after the incident at Italy High School located south of Dallas. Dallas News reports that the suspect was confirmed in a press conference to be a student and that he left the building immediately after firing shots in the school cafeteria. 

According to sources, the student fired several shots from a .380-caliber handgun in the school cafeteria. There were about 45 to 55 students in the room during the time of the shooting. How the shooter gained access to the firearm is still unclear.

The shooting began early in the morning at 8 am. The 15-year-old female student was swiftly airlifted to the hospital. Fox News claims that her condition isn't yet known. It is also unclear what led to the shooting.  

Italy calls itself the "biggest little town in Texas," with a population of about 2,000 and only one high school. This means that the students were probably closely familiar with each other, given that not many students likely attend this high school located in a very small town. 

Quickly after the shooting occurred, all students were ordered to evacuate the school in order to permit police officers to respond to the scene. Parents united with their children in the Cafeteria of Stafford Elementary School. 

Dallas News reports that in the aftermath of this incident, the school will be partnering with Region 10 to provide grief counseling for students.

There was reportedly a massive police presence at the school after the shooting.

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