ALPINE, Texas —A student is dead following an “active shooter” situation at school in West Texas, police said.
The local sheriff says a student has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot after shooting and injuring another student at the Alpine high school.
Schools were locked down amid the search for a suspect, the Associated Press is reporting.
Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson tells radio station KVLF that a female student shot another female student inside Alpine High School on Thursday. Dodson says the injured student ran outside seeking help and was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life threatening.
He says a law enforcement officer also suffered injuries that weren’t life threatening. The officer was accidentally shot by a marshall responding to the incident, Dodson told CNN.
Officers were forced to rush from the high school to Sul Ross State University after someone called in a bomb threat, which was later deemed a hoax.
“That’s ridiculous for someone to call in something like this when we’ve got this situation going on,” Dodson said.
The Alpine Independent School District website says the town of about 5,900 residents has three schools — elementary, middle and a high school.
Alpine is 220 miles southeast of El Paso.
This is a developing story. Check back for more information.
The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.