Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed during a press conference Friday afternoon that 10 people were wounded in the shooting that occurred at Santa Fe High School.
In the wake of the deadly shooting, many people are asking what they can do to help the victims who will be in need of blood. On Friday afternoon, UTMB was accepting blood donations through a mobile bank, provided by MD Anderson Cancer Center until 2:30 p.m. in front of Jennie Sealy Hospital located on the west end of the building, near the R. Waverley Smith Pavilion on 712 Texas Avenue.
On Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, additional blood donations will be accepted at the Jennie Sealy Hospital Conference Room 2.506B. The conference room is located in the lobby on Level 2, next to the gift shop.
Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking will be validated for donors. If you are not in the area but would still like to help, you can visit the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's website to find a donation location.
Additionally, multiple candlelight vigils are set to be held Friday night following the deadly shooting. The first vigil will be held at the Texas First Bank located at 12402 Highway 6 at 6 p.m. The second vigil prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at 4613 Highway 3 in Dickinson. For more details, click here.
Published 12:59 p.m. Friday, May 18
At least one gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School on Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. Now possible explosive devices have been located both at the school—located along Hwy. 6 southwest of Houston—and at a site off campus.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is urged to call 911.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at Santa Fe High School, which went on lockdown around 8 a.m. Two suspects believed to be students were in custody.
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The school district confirmed an unspecified number of injuries but said it would not immediately release further details. Assistant Principal Cris Richardson said a suspect had been arrested.
"We hope the worst is over, and I really can't say any more about that because it would be pure speculation," Richardson told reporters at the scene.
Dr. Superintendent Leigh Wall:
It is with great sadness that I stand here to share with you that we experienced an unthinkable tragedy at our high school this morning. We are grieving the loss of members of our SFISD family. #SantaFeISD
— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018
Among those injured, a Santa Fe ISD police officer was shot in the upper arm near his chest and is currently in critical condition. According to David Marshall, the chief nursing officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch, there are three victims at the hospital, including the police officer.
If parents are looking for injured children, the hospital has social workers available in its emergency department.
Clear Lake Regional Hospital confirmed with Community Impact Newspaper media partner ABC 13 Eyewitness News that they have multiple patients from Santa Fe High School at its facility as well.
Witnesses say the shooting took place in an art class on campus between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m on Friday. Students were evacuated from the building, and backpacks were searched before they were transported to Alamo Gym at 13306 Hwy. 6 to be reunited with their parents.
"We thought it was a fire drill at first, but really, the teacher said, 'Start running,'" student Leila Butler said.
President Donald Trump offered his condolences amid the tragedy.
Other nearby school districts, including Pearland ISD, put protective measures in place as well.
Santa Fe is roughly 36 miles outside of Houston. According to the Texas Education Agency, the high school enrollment is about 1,400 students.