Texas School Shooter Arrested After Opening Fire In Cafeteria

A 16 year old opened fire at the Italy High School in Texas.

Italy, TX – A 15-year-old girl was shot at Italy High School on Monday morning.

The victim was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital. Her condition was unknown.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy for the shooting.

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) said that an active shooter was reported at the high school just before 8 a.m. on Jan. 22, WFAA reported.

Officials confirmed in a press conference that the suspect was a student, and that he left the school building immediately after shooting the girl in the cafeteria, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Authorities said the 16-year-old male suspect was taken into custody without incident after shooting the 15-year-old girl.

At 9:06 a.m., Italy Independent School District Superintendent Lee Joffre sent out an emergency text to parents of Italy High School students.

“We have had an active shooter incident at the high school campus this morning. The shooter is in custody and law enforcement has control of the scene. There has been one victim that has been transported to the hospital. All junior high and high school students are safe and will be transported by bus to Stafford Elementary for dismissal after police approval,” the message read.

ESCO officials kept parents informed throughout the incident with a series of tweets.

The town of Italy has only 2,000 residents, and the high school hosts 6th grade through 12th grade students. There were 281 student enrolled in 2017, according to statistics in the Texas Tribune.

The Dallas Morning News reported that ECSO will lead the investigation of the shooting, but that the Italy Police Department, the Hill County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Texas Rangers were all assisting.

Thank God and the Blue that the situation is under control. Lovers' spat? Who knows with 16-year-old boys!


How can a 16 yr old walk a gun into a school. Need a security review - yesterday!

I doubt a place as small as Italy, TX has much security at their high school. It hosts 6-12 grade and has less than 300 students.


CAN'T search every kid walking into a school, most school do not have metal detectors


Even if they did, there are plenty of justifiable things students bring to school that are metallic.