Houston School Shooting: Active Shooter Reports at YES Prep Southwest Secondary


Houston police say one suspect is in custody after an active shooter incident was reported at a school in Texas. The address police gave is the campus of YES Prep Southwest Secondary school.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said in a news conference that the suspect was a 25 year old male former student. He didn’t name him. “When he came to the building, the front door, the glass door, it was locked. He gained entry by shooting on the glass door and immediately fired upon one of the employees of the school,” Finner said, adding that an employee, a white male, was shot in the back. The suspect is Black, but police have not said whether they think race is a motive.

No students were injured; the victim is in serious condition.

“UPDATE: There is one suspect in custody. Officers are searching the school for any other possible suspects at this time. Scene is still active. More information will be provided as it becomes available. #HouNews,” police wrote on the afternoon of October 1, 2021.

The suspect’s name and motive have not yet been released. Police have not yet said whether anyone is injured or deceased. The age of the suspect is also not clear.

Here’s what you need to know:

Police Say They Are Responding to ‘Reports of an Active Shooting’

Police also released an earlier advisory confirming there had been an active shooter report at a school.

“PD Commanders & PIO are responding to reports of an active shooting at a school at 4400 Anderson Road at Hiram Clarke,” Houston police tweeted.

“Call came in at 11:45 am. Scene is still active. No other information at this time. Please avoid the area. PIO will tweet media staging. #HouNews.”

Police have not released additional details. This post will be updated as more information is received.

The Shooting Broke Out at a Charter School

According to ABC13, the shooting occurred at a charter school “that serves students in the 6th through 12th grades.” More than 1,000 students are enrolled in the school, the television station reported.

“At YES Prep Southwest we believe strong culture and community are essential to student achievement. We create systems, structures, and routines, to create school-wide consistency, creativity and achievement for students and staff,” the school’s website says. “It is critical that we create a high-quality culture, so students develop the character and academic skills needed to graduate from college prepared to lead.”

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