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One killed in firing at high school in West Texas town, schools on lock down

At least one person has been reportedly killed in firing in the West Texas town of Alpine by an "active shooter" at a high school. Schools in the city have been put on locked down

India TV News Desk, Texas [ Updated: September 08, 2016 22:47 IST ]
One killed in firing at high school in West Texas town
One killed in firing at high school in West Texas town

At least one person has been reportedly killed in firing in the West Texas town of Alpine by an "active shooter" at a high school. Schools in the city have been put on locked down amid the search for a suspect, local media reported.

Elizabeth Carter, a lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said someone brought a gun onto the Alpine High School campus Thursday morning.

Ruth Hucke, a spokeswoman for Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, said hospital personnel were tending to three "victims."

Hucke declined to say how the victims were injured or further identify them. When asked if the victims had been shot, Hucke said she "can't say anything further."

Hucke said the hospital would provide a statement later Thursday. She had no additional details.

Police dispatcher Scarlet Eldred said an unspecified incident took place at the high school shortly before 9 a.m. Eldred says police were seeking an "active shooter."

Eldred didn't immediately provide additional information, other than the person being sought was a male.

The school district's website says the town of about 5,900 residents has three schools.

Sul Ross State University in Alpine also was placed on lockdown.

Alpine is 220 miles southeast of El Paso.

(With inputs from AP)

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