Shooting and chaos breaks out in Alpine Texas

Bryon Garrison
Military style helicopters flew over Sul Ross, the Alpine High School and the Big Bend Regional Medical Center as reports of shootings, bomb threats and friendly fire plagued the small community of Alpine.
Military style helicopters flew over Sul Ross, the Alpine High School and the Big Bend Regional Medical Center as reports of shootings, bomb threats and friendly fire plagued the small community of Alpine.
Courier Photo: Bryon Garrison

Earlier today at 8:54 am, reports of an active shooter at the Alpine High School sent parents teachers and students into a state of shock as teachers were forced to put into place their ac

tive shooting training. A 14 year old freshman girl shot another 16 year old girl in the lower body and then turned the gun on herself. The shooter was not originally from Alpine and had only been in the community for six months. The identity of the troubled girl is known but has not been released. Where she got the gun is known but has also not been released.

"This is not supposed to happen here in our community," Sheriff Ronny Dodson said during a press conference earlier today, September 8. The department had just finished an active shooter seminar in Terlingua, where they were told that this type of event rarely occurs.

When the first deputy arrived on the scene he did not know if there were more shooters or if the dead girl he discovered was indeed the shooter. The incident occurred in the bathroom and the gun was recovered there.

On top of the horror of a child shooter wounding a fellow student and killing herself, a bomb threat was called in forcing the community to spend resources locking down both Sul Ross and The Big bend regional hospital. Helicopters, bomb squads and bomb sniffing dogs from Austin had to be brought in. The bomb threat was called in by a male. Sheriff Dodson vowed to find the individual who had attempted to pull resources off of the High School shooting. Fortunately the FBI came in to aid The Brewster County Sheriff's office. 

Press from all over descended on Alpine.
Press from all over descended on Alpine.
Courier Photo: Bryon Garrison

The caller said, "If you think what happened at the high school was bad wait till you see what we do to Sul Ross." He also threatened to shoot up the hospital.

Dodson said, "He will be prosecuted. He is our top priority," because of the cost and trauma he has caused the community.

Law enforcement from El Paso, Midland, Odessa, Presidio, Pecos, Fort Stockton came down to alpine help. Police Chief Russell Scown thanked all the agencies that came down to help.

"We can't believe this happened in our community we are all still in shock." Dodson said.

Bomb squads are still searching Sul Ross University building by building. Dodson suspects that they will be working we'll into the night to clear the university of any threat.

To complicate things further, a threatening note was left at the Marathon Hotel in Marathon abut 30 miles from Alpine. All these incidents are not believed to be connected.

Teachers and students were able to evacuate the building and find safe haven across the street at a local church.

"Thank God we had done active shooter training with students and teachers," Chief Scown said.

In related news, Federal officers who arrived on the scene were involved in an officer on officer accidental  shooting. The injured officer is recovering in Odessa.

The community is in shock. From law enforcement, teachers, parents and students the same feeling, this is not supposed to happen in Alpine.

 

 

 

 

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