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Texas sheriff: One student dead, another hurt in high school shooting

ALPINE, Texas — A 14-year-old girl died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday after shooting and injuring another female student inside a high school in West Texas, officials said.

Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said the injured student ran outside seeking help and was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening. She was in stable condition.

"The shooter appears to have shot herself," the sheriff said.

A gun was found near the suspected shooter, he said.

The incident began shortly before 9 a.m. at Alpine High School in Alpine, a town of 5,900 about 220 miles southeast of El Paso.

Dodson said a motive for the shooting remains unclear.

The suspected shooter, a freshman at the school, was not identified. The sheriff said her family moved to Alpine about six months ago.

Dodson said a federal law enforcement officer who was responding to the incident was shot in the leg when another officer's gun accidentally discharged.

Dodson didn't immediately return a message left with his office by the Associated Press seeking further details about the investigation. The school district declined comment, saying it would release a statement later. Alpine police referred to its Facebook page for updates, but none had been posted as of Thursday afternoon.

The shooting prompted a lockdown at Alpine's three public schools.

Dodson said the shooting at the high school was part of a chaotic series of events that included a bomb threat called in at nearby Sul Ross State University, which required law enforcement personnel to rush there from the high school.

"That's ridiculous for someone to call in something like this when we've got this situation going on," Dodson said. "This community does not expect this, we don't want this, and we can't explain it yet."

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