Report from Alpine: Shooter Identified as 14-Year-Old Girl


ALPINE, TX - This morning, an active shooter alert has been issued at Alpine High School.

According to the Alpine Police Department, all schools in the city are on lockdown. Students are being evacuated, said various news sources.

Alpine has a population of about 5,000 people, and is 63 miles southwest of Ft. Stockton.

More information to be released soon.

Update at 10:45 a.m.

At least one person is dead and another injured in the active shooter situation at Alpine High School.

The Brewster County Sheriff's Office confirmed the fatality, and officials said students have been evacuated into a nearby church.

The first report of shots fired came in at around 8:30 a.m., said local news sources. CNN reported two armed suspects are still at large, according to Brewster County Sheriff officials.

The entire school district remains on lockdown.

Update at 11:25 a.m.

In more updates, various news sources have reported that Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said a girl shot another girl before turning the gun on herself.

All schools, including nearby Sul Ross University, and administration in Alpine are under critical lockdown after reports of the shooting. Marfa ISD's superintendent also said schools there will be placed under lockdown as a precaution.

Ruth Hucke, a spokeswoman for Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, said hospital personnel were tending to three victims, but would not provide further details at thist ime.

Additional Update:

According to official reports, a police officer was accidentally shot by a marshal when law enforcement officers responded to the school shooting.

Additionally, the shooting took place in the band hall, said Brewster County Attorney J. Steve Houston.

A student at Alpine High School told CNN students had just started their second period when her teacher yelled, "Get in the classroom!"

"There was blood on the floor in the cafeteria that I saw when we went past it on our way out of the school," the student told CNN reporters. "One of the officers told us to keep our hands up and run out of the building, so I only saw the blood quickly."
She added, "It was so scary and very intense. I've never been so scared in my life."
Final Update
The Bewster County Sheriff stated that nothing like this has ever happened in the small West Texas town. The high school has approximately 300 students. The shooter, identified as a 14-year-old girl, shot and wounded another girl who was "about 16." The 14-year-old shooter killed herself with a gun.  The victim is recovering at the hospital in Alpine. For more on this story, see the Big Bend Sentinel.

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A Reporter out of Marfa is quoting the Brewster County Sheriff as saying, "one shooter dead from self inflicted shot and one student injured." She is also reporting that they received a phone call making threats against Sul Ross, so they are redirecting manpower.

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