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Eight persons killed in Texas school shooting, gunman arrested

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

A gunman opened fire at a high school in the US state of today, killing at least eight persons.

The incident took place at in the city of the same name, located about 50 kilometres southeast of

An was shot, but sources said he was "clipped" and was not seriously injured.

At least eight persons were killed in the gunfire, Chronicle quoted federal and county law enforcement officials have confirmed.

One source said the gunman was a male, but could provide no further information.

The shooter has been "arrested and secured," said Principal

Several other students as well as an was injured in the shooting.

This is the third school shooting in the past seven days, and the 22nd since the beginning of the year in the US.

Junior Liberty Wheeler, 14, was in class when she heard five shots ring out near the art room.

Her told them to run toward the theatre department's storage room, where they hid for 45 minutes before being escorted outside by the SWAT team.

"You could small the gunpowder that came from the gun," Wheeler recalled as she was escorted out of the building. "We were all scared because it was near us."

The University of Medical Branch at Galveston is treating two patients, their conditions not yet being disclosed, said He said more patients are expected, including one currently being transported from the branch's

He said a helicopter with at least one patient is on the way and more ambulances are expected.

expressed concern over the incident.

"School shooting in Early reports not looking good. God bless all!," he tweeted.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 21:00 IST