A tragic situation unfolded in Alpine this morning as one female student shot and injured another student before turning the gun on herself, authorities in Brewster County say.
Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said the shooter, who has only been identified as a 14-year-old Freshman student, has died was pronounced dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Dodson said the injured student was transported by private vehicle o the hospital and officials say she has been treated and released.
It was the beginning of a bizarre day, which resulted in multiple lockdowns after threats came in against other institutions.
Shortly after the shooting multiple agencies responded to the school and an active shooter situation began.
Authorities also confirmed that a Homeland Security Agent was shot by another agent accidentally.
The agent was transported to the hospital and later transported again to Medical Center Hospital, according to MCH officials.
But that was only the beginning.
After the shooting, Dodson said another threat was called into Sul Ross State University prompting an evacuation.
Dodson said the caller told dispatchers, “If you think what happened at the school was bad, wait until you see what’s going to happen at Sul Ross.”
Multiple agencies then responded to the university and they are still working to search the building for any threats. The campus was evacuated after the threat was made, Dodson said.
Meanwhile, Dodson also confirmed that another threat was made against Big Bend Regional Medical Center when the caller told dispatchers, “We are fixing to go shoot that place up.”
The hospital has since been cleared by police but Dodson said they have deputies on scene as a precaution. However, authorities are searching for the caller who made the threats and the Federal Bureau of Investigations has been brought in to assist in the investigation.
“He will be prosecuted, I guarantee it,” the sheriff said.
Although the situation had calmed down slightly, Dodson noted that the situation could have escalated even further.
“It could have been a lot worse,” Dodson said while addressing the media. I’m not saying we are lucky because we are not, but it could have been a lot worse.”
Now they are piecing together the situation and are working on uncovering a motive that has rocked this small town.
“Its not supposed to happen here…this is Alpine. It is a peaceful place to live and come and that’s the hard part,” the sheriff said.
Several local and state representatives have also sent their condolences to the city of Alpine and all of the people affected by the tragic scene that unfolded Thursday.
Representative Will Hurd posted a statement to his social media account saying:
“Many of you have already heard about the shooting in Alpine today. We have been in touch with local officials and ask for continued prayers for the community in the aftermath of this tragedy, especially for the Alpine High School students, the officer and student who were injured, and the family of the young woman who took her own life.”
Attorney general Ken Paxton had this to say about the incident: “I am currently monitoring the active shooter situation in Alpine. I have directed my office to offer any measure of support needed to assist law enforcement officials currently working this case. I wish to extend my prayers and sympathy to any victims’ families and their loved ones who have been affected by this senseless act of violence.”
Dodson said they are still in shock but more details would be released regarding the specifics of the situation at a later time.
UPDATE 11:57 a.m.:
Brewster County Sheriff’s Office Officials say they are still currently working several scenes and there is now a threat against the hospital in Alpine.
Ronny Dodson, Brewster County Sheriff, said they are evacuating Sul Ross State University due to an active bomb threat and they are waiting on dogs to arrive at the scene to search the university.
Dodson said the victim shot at Alpine High School is in stable condition.
Dodson also said there has been another threat made at the hospital in alpine.
UPDATE 11:11 a.m.
According to Brewster County Attorney J. Steven Houston, officers have swept Alpine High School and have cleared it.
Houston went on to say that a student was shot by another female student.
The shooter then turned the gun on herself and has died, Houston said.
In the midst of the investigation a Homeland Security Officer was also shot in the leg by a second Homeland Security officer, according to Houston.
Officers are now on scene at Sul Ross State University due to another threat.
Officials at Sul Ross say they have just gone into lockdown due to an active shooter situation.
We are still working to gather information.
One person has been killed in an active shooter situation at Alpine High School, according to the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office.
All Alpine schools are currently on lockdown and the scene is still active, according to the sheriff’s Office.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update as more information becomes available.