A shooting has occured at Thompkins HS in Katy ISD in Fort Bend County, the newest high school in Katy.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said it happened just before 6a.m. and a woman was rushed to the hospital after she was shot outside a the school.
Police said 46-year-old Valerie Robinson, who worked in the school's cafeteria, was found with gunshot wounds behind the school near the practice fields.
"She was met in the back parking lot by her ex-husband who shot her," says Katy ISD spokesman Steve Stanford. "She was taken to a local hospital, we have learned she has since passed away and we have extended our sympathies to her family."
Officials said two coaches performed CPR on the victim until emergency crews arrived.
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Witnesses told police they saw a man with a shotgun get into a truck and drive off. Police said the suspect later his shot himself to death at his home in Brookshire.
"One of the reasons we did continue with school as normal and we did allow students to come on campus for the school day is that there was no imminent threat to the school, to the students, to the staff or anybody here," Stanford tells KTRH News.
"Had there been an imminent threat, had the suspect not left the scene, had the suspect still been in the parking lot we would not have let people on campus," he says.
One parent we spoke to says he wishes schools were more secure.
"This poor woman, she was just going to work. If there was somebody there to protect her this wouldn't have happened," he said.
Another woman who came to pick up her friend's child believes school officials did all they could in this situation.
"Honestly, I'm pretty impressed with how the staff is handling it there, it made me feel better," she said.