School shooting in Arlington, Texas: Lamar HS student shot to death when underage opened fire on two teenagers

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March 20, 2023, 9:08 pm

1 killed, 1 injured after gunman opens fire near Dallas high school

ARLINGTON, Texas — Police said one student was fatally shot and another wounded when a third student opened fire outside a high school in the Dallas area before being arrested Monday morning.

The shooting began on the campus of a high school in suburban Arlington around 6:55 a.m., before many students returned to classrooms on the first day after spring break, according to police and school district officials.

One student was injured in the gunfire and another was hit by “debris,” Arlington Independent School District spokeswoman Anita Foster said.

Arlington Police Chief Al Jones said Monday afternoon that an injured student died in hospital and another victim was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Arlington police said the suspect in the shooting never entered the Lamar High School building and was arrested shortly after officers arrived at the scene. They said the stage was safe in a 7:21 AM tweet.

The suspected shooter is a minor, so his name will not be publicly released, police spokesman Tim Chesco said. He said the department would provide more information during an afternoon press conference.

Foster said school buses and other incoming students were sent off campus before classes began.

Officials urged parents and others to stay away from campus while police investigate.

At 10:40 a.m., the police said they had completed a search of the school building and that students would be handed over to their guardians at the “reunification center” from noon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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