A student has been shot and reportedly died of their injuries after a gunman opened fire at Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas. A manhunt for the suspect is underway, local media report.
Unconfirmed footage appears to show the victim being placed in an ambulance on a stretcher.
The incident unfolded about 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, when lessons were still ongoing. Shots rung out during 7th period, KPRC2 reported, citing students. While the identity of the victim has not been revealed, local journalists have reported the student was 16 years of age.
In an attempt to resuscitate the student, who reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, medics performed CPR, but the victim still succumbed to their injuries shortly after the incident was reported.
The motive behind the attack is unclear. Police meanwhile are believed to still to be looking for a suspected gunman, who fled the scene before they arrived.
Local authorities urged residents to stay clear of the area and remain sheltered at home until further updates.
There has been a shooting at Bellaire High School. The suspect is still at large. Please avoid the area and/or remain in your home until you receive further information from the City of Bellaire.
— City of Bellaire (@cityofbellaire) January 14, 2020
Earlier on Tuesday, a 17-year-old student was reportedly shot in the leg while on his way home from school in nearby Gulfton, another Houston suburb located some two miles from Bellaire. Few additional details have emerged about the Gulfton shooting, and it is unclear if the two events are related.
State Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX7) tweeted condolences for the victims of both shootings, saying that her office has been keeping tabs on the incidents.
My office is monitoring the news of today’s shootings in #TX07, including one at Bellaire High School & as a Gulfton student walked home from school. My thoughts are with the students & families of this community as first responders tend to their injuries. https://t.co/jzevFbdpG4
— Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (@RepFletcher) January 14, 2020
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