Shots fired at Italy HS, suspect in custody

Danny Woods
January 23, 2018

Ellis County Commissioner Paul D. Perry said on social media that an unidentified 15-year-old female student was shot and wounded. The 17-year-old says she saw the cafeteria doors fly open and a rush of students running out after a girl was shot.

The unidentified shooter left campus shortly after shooting the victim and was arrested without incident. The girl was air lifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. In the Class of 2016, 97.7% of students received their high school diplomas on time or earlier.

The school will partner with Region 10 to provide grief counseling for students, he said. Parents say the school is small and a good portion of the students witnessed the shooting.

Italy, which promotes itself as "The Biggest Little Town In Texas", has about 2,000 residents and is located just off Interstate 35 between Dallas and Waco.

A sheriff's office dispatcher, Debra Murray, said the shooting took place at Italy High School.

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Students were moved "under guard" to the school's gymnasium, also known as "the dome", she confirmed.

This item has been corrected to show the sheriff's official is named Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald, not Sgt. Joe Fitz Fitzgerald.

The shooting happened in the school cafeteria at approximately 7:53 a.m., according to an ECSO statement.

Other details were not released.

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