ALPINE, Texas (AP) — A female student is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following a shooting Thursday morning at Alpine High School in west Texas. Another student was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the lower extremities, Brewster County Sheriff Ronnie Dodson told radio station KVLF.
The injured student was rushed to the hospital where their condition is unknown.
An officer was injured after another officer’s gun discharged while the pair were responding to reports of an active shooter at the high school.
Sheriff Dodson told KVLF there were approximately 5 shots fired.
Dodson said the shooting at the high school was part of a chaotic series of events that included a bomb threat called in at nearby Sul Ross State University, which required law enforcement personnel to rush there from the high school.
“That’s ridiculous for someone to call in something like this when we’ve got this situation going on,” Dodson said. “This community does not expect this, we don’t want this, and we can’t explain it yet.”
The school district’s website says the town of about 5,900 residents has three schools.
Alpine is 220 miles southeast of El Paso.