A female student has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting and injuring another female student at a high school in the West Texas town of Alpine, the Brewster County sheriff said Thursday, per the AP. "The shooter appears to have shot herself," Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson told radio station KVLF. A gun was found near the suspected shooter, he said. Dodson said a federal law enforcement officer was also injured during the incident, which began shortly before 9am at Alpine High School in Texas' Big Bend region, about 220 miles southeast of El Paso and 110 miles north of Big Bend National Park. The officer was struck when another officer's gun accidentally discharged. Further details about the injured officer's and student's conditions were not available.
The shooting prompted a lockdown at Alpine's three public schools. "My teacher ... yelled to everyone to get into the closet. We heard someone yelling and running down the hall. We all started crying," a junior not IDed because of her age tells CNN, adding that she saw blood all over the cafeteria floor when they were led out of school by police. Dodson said the shooting at the high school was part of a chaotic series of events that included a bomb threat called in at nearby Sul Ross State University, which required law enforcement personnel to rush there from the high school. "That's ridiculous for someone to call in something like this when we've got this situation going on," Dodson said. "This community does not expect this, we don't want this, and we can't explain it yet." CNN notes the sheriff's office initially thought it was looking for two shooters, though now the deceased is believed to be the only one. (Read more school shooting stories.)