share ‘I heard boom boom boom and my friend got shot’: Harrowing accounts from inside Texas school during deadly shooting massacre that killed up to ten students
Students at Santa Fe High School described initial confusion as alarm went off
Then ran from the school buildings into surrounding streets as shots rang out
‘I ran as fast as I could to the nearest forest to hide and call my mom,’ one said
By RORY TINGLE
18 May 2018
Harrowing witness accounts have emerged from inside the Texas school where up to ten students died today after a shooter opened fire in an art class.
Students described the initial confusion as the alarm went off at Santa Fe High School before shots rang out and students fled from the school buildings into nearby streets and woodland.
‘You could just hear ‘boom, boom, boom’ so I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest forest to hide and call my mom,’ student Dakota Shrader told CBS News.
The gunman, who has now been taken into custody, burst through the door of the first-period art class at around 8am and yelled ‘Surprise!’ before opening fire.
A student who saw him walking down the hallway managed to pull the fire alarm before running away.
‘My friend said he saw some kid walking down the hallway with a gun so he pulled the firearm and ran out,’ a senior called Tyler Turner told KTRK-TV.
‘The teachers told everybody to run after three shots were heard so we all took off and ran into the trees
‘Then we heard four more shots so jumped the fence into some dude’s house and ran into a car wash.
‘While we were sitting down trying to figure out what had just happened I saw a girl who had been shot in the kneecap.’
‘I heard so many people saying there were gunshots and that people were dead,’ fellow student Megan Hunter added.
Student Dakota Shrader was in the history hallway when she heard the fire alarms go off.
‘As soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as [a] practice fire drill,’ she told KPRC through tears.
‘And next thing you know, we just hear… three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.’
Another student, called Paige, offered up another perspective on today’s shooting.
When asked by local network ABC13 if she was surprised at the massacre, the girl replied, ‘No, I wasn’t, it’s been happening everywhere and I’ve always felt eventually it would happen here too.’
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