Friday, May 18, 2018
At Least 8 Killed in Texas School Shooting, Deadliest Since Parkland
At least eight people are dead after a gunman opened fire inside a high school near Houston, Texas on Friday, according to a local sheriff. As many as 10 people may have died at at Santa Fe High School, most of them students, Harrison County Sheriff Ed Gonzales said. That is the highest number of fatalities at a school shooting since the February 14 massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people.
Santa Fe is the 22nd school shooting in 2018, according to CNNFlorida shooting: US high school students stage mass walkout
Witnesses said that the shooting began around 7:30 a.m when the gunman burst through the door of an art class and yelled “surprise!” before opening fire. Liberty Wheeler, a student, told The Houston Chronicle that she heard “five shots ring out near the art room,” and she then hid in the “theater department's storage room” before being escorted out by a SWAT team.
“You could smell the gunpowder that came from the gun,” Wheeler told the Chronicle. “We were all scared because it was near us.” Student Tyler Turner told KPRC that he sat in his classroom when he “heard really loud booms” and “really didn't know what they were at first.” “Then, I realized what they were when I heard screaming,” Turner said. “I never thought it would happen here”