Fatal shooting reported at West Texas high school

KUSA - A manhunt was underway and schools were locked down in Alpine, Texas, amid reports of a fatal shooting at Alpine High, authorities said.

Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson told ABC News preliminary information indicates a female student shot another female student in a bathroom just before 9 a.m. The shooter died from what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds and a gun was found nearby, Dodson said.

The Alpine Avalanche, which also reported the death, said on its Facebook page that the high school was being evacuated. Elizabeth Carter, a lieutenant at the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Associated Press that someone brought a gun onto the high school campus Thursday morning.

Authorities say a federal law enforcement officer's gun accidentally discharged and shot another officer as they responded to the shooting.

Sheriff Dodson says the injured officer was shot in the leg during the incident Thursday. No other details were released.

Sul Ross State University's Alpine campus also was locked down with students and staff told to "shelter in place."

Alpine High is a four-year school with about 300 students, most of them Latino. The Alpine Independent School District serves almost 1,000 students across almost 2,000 square miles of Brewster County in West Texas, which is about 220 miles southeast of El Paso.

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