Details Emerge in Wilmer-Hutchins School Shooting

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3 p.m.

Dallas Independent School District and Dallas Police Department staff provided an update Friday afternoon on the shooting that occurred earlier that morning at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in South Dallas.

Both the shooter and the sole victim are students of the school, officials said, but their names have not been released. Both are believed to be 17-year-olds, but Dallas police could not officially confirm this in the most recent update.

No motive for the shooting has yet been announced. Police did say they believe the shooting was deliberate and the result of an unknown conflict between the two students rather than a mass shooting attempt.

The victim was shot in the upper thigh and is being treated at an area hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.

Additionally, the shooting allegedly happened in a classroom, not a restroom as previously thought.

Exact details of what happened are still not available, but the teacher in the classroom is being hailed as a hero by DISD and DPD. The teacher is said to have “directed the shooter” out of the classroom to prevent any additional violence, according to Dallas police.

The suspect was taken into custody by law enforcement while still on campus. Police report that he was apprehended near the high school athletic fields, but they could not say whether he was attempting to flee at the time of capture.

Wilmer-Hutchins High School has metal detectors in place and an on-site security force, so it is not clear how the shooter was able to bring the gun onto campus. Police have described the weapon as a handgun.

The reunification process between parents and students is currently underway, and the classroom where the shooting occurred has been closed off as a crime scene. Police said they will be reviewing on-site video evidence to determine the timeline and facts of exactly how the weapon was able to make it inside the school and what events led to the shooting.

12 p.m.

A shooting was reported at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in southern Dallas on Friday morning.

Few details are currently available, but live reporting by the independent news platform Smash Da Topic indicates that the shooting occurred in a bathroom at the high school. According to the report, one person was shot, and police have taken the suspected shooter into custody.

It is not clear at this time what the condition of the victim is, but one person was reportedly transported to an area hospital by ambulance. There is no indication at this time of a motive for the shooting.

The Dallas Police Media Center told The Dallas Express that officers were on the scene, but they did not have any information available. A call to Wilmer-Hutchins High School was not answered.

“All students and team members are safe at Wilmer-Hutchins High School as we have initiated our safety protocol,”  Dallas ISD said in a statement on X. “Police are on site to ensure our school remains secure. At this time, we ask for everyone to refrain from coming to the campus, as we limit access inside.”

This is a breaking story, and The Dallas Express will continue to provide updates throughout the investigation.

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