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Injuries in US high school shooting, situation 'contained'

AFP  |  Chicago 

A gunman opened fire at a high school today, wounding an as yet unknown number of people before the situation was "contained," officials said.

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

"There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting, and this girl got shot in the leg," an eyewitness identified as told local

The suspect was in custody, the school's principal, Cris Richardson, told

"This morning, an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries," the said in a statement.

"Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all to release and move students to another location."

Other schools in the district were not affected, it added.

The shooting was the latest in what has become an all-too-familiar situation in American schools, with shootings a near-daily occurrence.

Earlier this year, 17 students and staff were killed in a shooting at a high school -- a massacre that prompted survivors to launch a grassroots campaign against gun violence.

In Texas, the eyewitness, Nikki, said students fled the school in a panic, and several other students told they heard multiple gunshots.

Parent told KTRK he arrived at the school soon after the shooting and reported seeing a number of victims being taken away in ambulances.

"My son said someone went into the art room and started shooting a lot of the kids," Allen said.

Student told that she heard gunshots and then a fire alarm, after which students were taken out by teachers to a "I saw some girl -- she had, you know, she got shot in the kneecap, I guess. So she had a bandage around it. She was limping and then the firemen came and got her," another student, who gave his first name as Tyler, told

A large contingent of police as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, were responding to the incident.

Television footage showed students being led out of the school. Some students were evacuated to a nearby auto shop, where parents were picking up their children, according to KHOU TV.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:35 IST