A male student was killed and a female student sustained injuries in a school shooting at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas. The fatal gunfire broke out on Monday, according to the Arlington Police Department.
Officers arrived at the scene shortly before 7 a.m. and discovered the male student with a gunshot wound and the female student who was grazed by a bullet.
Both victims, whose identities have not yet been disclosed, were taken to a nearby hospital. The male student was pronounced dead, while the female student is expected to make a full recovery.
Police arrested a male juvenile suspect at the scene and charged him with one count of capital murder. The authorities have not confirmed whether the suspect was a student at the high school. He is currently being held at the Tarrant County Juvenile Center.
According to the police, the suspect did not enter the school building and fled the scene immediately after firing the shots. He was apprehended without incident after witnesses provided his description to 911 dispatchers.
Investigators also recovered a firearm believed to have been used in the shooting. The incident occurred just before the start of the school day.
School officials placed the campus on lockdown while police searched for the suspect. Students were reunited with their families around 11 a.m., as reported by the Associated Press.
Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos announced that classes would be canceled on Tuesday, with counselors available to support students and staff on Wednesday.
Arlington Police Chief Al Jones emphasized the community’s intolerance for such acts of violence. He urged gun owners to act responsibly and securely store their firearms to prevent them from being used on school campuses. He also pledged to work closely with Arlington ISD to ensure the safety of the learning environment for students.
Arlington Mayor Jim Ross expressed his thoughts for the affected students, their families, and the entire Lamar High School community, calling the incident an example of “unnecessary violence.”