An unidentified male student is in custody after opening fire in an art class at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas about 30 miles south of Houston.
Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN she and her schoolmates were being evacuated at one point “like it’s a fire drill.”
“We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” she said. “And then everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we’re all just running away.”
According to quotes from some of the Santa Fe students, the shooter was dressed in a black trench coat and carried a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun.
Avery Garza, a student at Santa Fe High School, told Costello that he knew the identity of the shooter, but could not reveal it. He explained that a fire alarm went off and he and his classmates exited the building.
“We heard popping noises,” Garza said. “Then we saw people running across the field, and they were like ‘Shooting, shooting, shooting.’”
Garza was with his friend, identified as Zack, who did not want to speak but allegedly witnessed the shooting first hand.
“He was in that class, and the shooter came in and started shooting. And he had a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol. And he shot a girl, and then pulled his pistol out and shot her in the head.”
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