Former student, 25, is arrested after 'opening fire on children at Houston secondary school and injuring the principal' - as his adoptive mom says he has 'mental health issues'
A former student at a Houston secondary school has been arrested after allegedly opening fire on students and injuring the school principal on Friday. Former student Dexter Kelsey, 25, was named as the suspect by police and his own family. Police say he entered YES Prep Southwest Secondary School armed with a rifle and shot through a glass door at the entrance. Once inside, Kelsey shot at principal Eric Espinoza, hitting him in the back, Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner said. None of the 1,000 children inside the school were injured in the attack. Kesey later surrendered to police and is currently in custody, officials said. His Facebook page has since been taken down. Espinoza was listed in serious condition after the bullet grazed his spine. He was released from the hospital Friday evening and is recovering from his wound. Kelsey's adoptive mother, Doris Kelsey, released a statement naming him as the shooter, and revealing he had previously lived a few blocks away from his former Secondary school. The distraught mother claimed that Kelsey had some mental issues. 'I apologize to the school community because I didn't know Dexter was in this state of mind that he was in,' the mother said according to Click 2 Houston. 'I didn't know he had the issues that he was going through and I apologize to everybody and I hope they accept my apology.' The incident took place at 11:45 am on Friday at the school's campus in Houston, Texas. Authorities cleared the scene after 2 pm when parents arrived to pick up their children. Source