Multiple deaths in shooting at Texas high school, sources say

LIVE: Active shooting confirmed at Santa Fe High School; lockdown initiated

LIVE: Active shooting confirmed at Santa Fe High School; lockdown initiated

The latest reports of a possible shooting at a US school underscored a national debate over gun control and gun rights that intensified after an assailant killed 17 students and staff members in February at high school in Parkland, Florida. Other nearby school districts are putting protective measures in place as well.

Police were responding to reports of gunfire at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday and the school district said it was on lockdown because of an incident involving an active shooter.

Students at the school told local TV news stations that the gunman burst into an art class at the school and opened fire, possibly with a shotgun.

Speaking on CNN, Ms Martinez said: "It was just a normal class day and we were all just sitting there doing our work in first period and then all of a sudden it's a fire drill".

"We were all standing [outside], but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots", she added. "Everybody started screaming and running", she said.

Another student named Paige told the station that she was in a classroom a few doors down from where the shooting started. "So, like, the teachers are telling us to stay put but we are all just running away". Santa Fe ISD officials said in a statement that students are being taken to the Alamo Gym at 13306 Highway 6 where they will be reunited with their parents.

She said she couldn't describe the shooter.

Another student, Dakota Shrader, told CNN affiliate KPRC that she heard gunshots only after hearing an alarm in the school.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez reported that he has units en route to assist in the incident.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to a shooting at the school. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location.

Located roughly 30 miles outside of Houston, Sante Fe is a city of 13,000. According to the Texas Education Agency, the high school enrollment is about 1,400 students.

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