(HOUSTON) – Police have identified the suspected gunman who stormed YES Prep Southwest High School in Houston, Texas on Friday and injured the principal as Dexter Harold Kelsey, 25.
Kelsey was charged with aggravated assault and fatal driving in the state’s 263rd District Court, Houston police said on Saturday.
Houston Police said a call regarding reports of an active shooting was received at 11:45 a.m. at 4400 Anderson Road in Hiram Clarke.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner told a press conference on Friday that officers arrived at the scene “within minutes” of the call and once inside the school, the suspect was “armed with a rifle” and had “surrendered without incident”.
Finner said on Friday the suspect was a former student of the school. Police said Kelsey confessed to her role in the shooting and was subsequently charged.
“When he got into the building, the front door, the glass door, it was locked. He came in by pulling on the glass door and immediately shot one of the school employees,” said Finner.
The employee was shot in the back. Police named the victim on Saturday as school principal Eric Espinosa, 36, who was treated in a hospital and then released.
Police said Espinosa had been alerted to the shooting and attempted to warn teachers and students.
“During the gunfire, one of the bullets hit the principal in the lower back. As the principal continued to help students and teachers escape the school, police arrived, located the suspect. and arrested him without further incident, ”Houston police said.
YES Prep Southwest Secondary said in a statement Friday that “no students were injured.” The school serves grades 6 to 12.
Audio from a dispatch call reveals that an official said, “I’m going to need units at 4411 Anderson Rd, just got a message saying there’s a man with a gun in. school. “
The Houston Fire Department initially told ABC News that a person was taken to the emergency room at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center.
First responders were on the scene to actively clean the building, Houston Fire said after reports of the shooting.
A fifth grader who was evacuated from school told ABC Houston KTRK station: “When I was going out I saw blood and glass breaking all over the place.”
“My teachers told me to stay in the classroom where no one can see you and the officers came up saying, ‘Put your hands up. Go outside, ”the student said.
A meeting area for parents was set up at West Fuqua and Hiram Clarke and the students were sent to this location.
The students had undergone active marksmanship training two days earlier. Finner praised the students for remaining calm during the evacuation.
Finner said there were no other potential suspects and no other threats to the students.
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