A student was killed and another injured when shots rang out outside a Texas high school early Monday, with the alleged teen gunman taken into custody without incident.
Police received multiple reports of shots fired at Lamar High School in Arlington shortly before 7 a.m., the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Cops arriving at a parking lot at the school found a teen boy with a serious gunshot wound and a female student with non-life-threatening injuries after her face was grazed by shrapnel, according to reports.
The school was placed on lockdown, with police taking the alleged teen shooter, who is believed to be a student at the school, into custody nearby.
“This occurred before the school opens normally, at about 7:35 a.m., so luckily enough we don’t have a full school to deal with,” Arlington police spokesman Jesse Minton said at a press briefing.
“But as is our procedure, we immediately locked the school down and searched every part of the school to make sure there were no other shooters, no other weapons and to make sure no one else was injured,” he said.
The male victim was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, KDFW-TV reported.
Cops have not released the names of the victims or the suspect, or a motive for the shooting, according to news reports.
Arlington police said on Twitter that after the school was cleared, the lockdown was lifted around 10:30 and students were bused to a nearby location, where parents were able to pick up their children.
Monday was the first day back to school in Arlington after spring break.
“You almost feel guilty that, you know, that you’re relieved that your kids are OK but you know that somebody else is hurting right now,” one parent, Consuelo Palacios, told NBC affiliate KXAS-TV on Monday. “It’s terrifying.”
Melody Fowler, president of the Arlington Independent School District board of education, told the Star-Telegram that upgraded metal detectors were recently installed at the school.
“We beg our parents to keep their firearms locked up,” she said, “not letting any of their children have access to any guns that may be in the home.
“But of course, we can’t monitor every home to make sure that that’s being done.”
The incident comes nearly 10 months after 19 students and two teachers were gunned down at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
UPDATE: Please click on the link below to read our latest update on the deadly shooting that occurred outside Lamar High School this morning.— Arlington, TX Police (@ArlingtonPD) March 20, 2023
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