Student Shoots and Kills Classmate at Arlington High School
A tragic incident occurred at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, on Monday morning, when a male student opened fire, killing one student and injuring another before being arrested on a capital murder charge. The shooting took place before many students arrived for the first day back to classes after spring break.
According to Arlington Police Chief Al Jones, the male victim died at a hospital, while the female victim was “grazed” by shrapnel and is receiving medical care. The suspected shooter, another male student, was arrested at the scene and is being held at a juvenile detention center in the area.
Jones declined to identify the shooter, who is a minor, or to speculate about the motive for the shooting. However, investigators recovered the gun used in the shooting. It remains unclear where the shooter obtained the weapon.
The police officers who are normally stationed at the school were not present during the shooting, as they were set to start duty shortly after the incident began. The school went into lockdown during the shooting, and arriving students were diverted from the campus before classes were set to begin.
Details of the Shooting at Lamar High School
Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos announced that there would be no classes on Tuesday, and counselors would be available to students and staff on Wednesday. The police completed their search of the school around 10:40 a.m., and staff began reuniting students who had been sheltering inside the building with their parents or guardians around 11 a.m.
The incident is a reminder of the need for greater vigilance and security measures in schools across the United States. As the investigation continues, our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, and with the entire Arlington community.
This morning, we responded to Lamar High School to investigate a reported shooting that took place outside the school building.
The scene is secure and the suspected shooter is in custody.
Lamar HS is currently on lockdown.
We will release more details when we’re able to. pic.twitter.com/BdOmx9x3m2
— Arlington, TX Police (@ArlingtonPD) March 20, 2023