The girl who fatally shot herself and wounded a classmate at a Texas high school last week intended to kill her stepbrother — but opened fire after her plan went awry, police said.
The 14-year-old freshman arrived at Alpine High School last Thursday armed with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and 18 rounds of ammunition from her home, according to a statement from Alpine police.
She planned to kill her 14-year-old stepbrother in the school, police said, and then kill herself.
But while loading her weapon in a bathroom, another girl — a 17-year-old junior — walked in and caught her.
The junior ducked and ran away, but took a bullet to her lower body, police said. The shooter then turned the weapon on herself, and died from a gunshot to the head. Police said she fired five shots altogether.
The wounded student is expected to survive.
Police said no there was no threat to other students or faculty at the school. The girl’s motive for the shooting remains unclear, but police said bullying was not a factor.
None of the students connected to the shooting has been identified.
Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said last week this was the first active shooter situation he had seen in Alpine, a western Texas town of 5,900 people.
“It’s not supposed to happen here,” he said.
The shooting happened less than three weeks into the school year.
Authorities are still investigating the incident.