16-year-old boy held after school shooting
A 16-year-old boy is in custody after a shooting at a Texas high school cafeteria Monday morning that injured one student, authorities said.
Just before 8 a.m., police responded to reports of an active shooter at Italy High School in the town of Italy, about 50 miles south of Dallas.
A 15-year-old girl was wounded in the shooting and airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, according to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office would not release the girl’s condition, and a hospital spokeswoman said they had no information to release Monday.
Authorities are still investigating any relationship between the alleged shooter and victim, both students in the Italy Independent School District, Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge told reporters.
Edge said the suspect “engaged the victim in the cafeteria and fired several shots from a semiautomatic .380 handgun.” Afterward, the shooter fled when confronted by a school staff member inside the cafeteria, but was apprehended on school grounds, Edge said.
Investigators do not yet know where the boy got the firearm, which was recovered at the scene, Edge said.
Authorities have not charged the boy and have not determined a motive yet, he said.
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