On Friday morning, at least one gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people are dead, and 10 others have been wounded, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said Friday.
At least one suspect is in custody, identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a police officer.
Two other people are being questioned by police, according to Abbott. Explosive devices were also discovered on the high school campus and surrounding area, according to law enforcement officials.
The shooting comes after months of activism in the US over guns and gun violence, led by the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people in February.
TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING EVERYTHING WE KNOW: Gunman walked into 1st period art class and opened fire. A student ran out and pulled the fire alarm and students began to exit the building. Police confirm the shooter is in custody. https://t.co/4dn6hKFzTE pic.twitter.com/ZRXThC8eI4
— WAFB (@WAFB) May 18, 2018
”I was thinking it was going to happen eventually, it’s been happening everywhere,” Paige Curry, a Santa Fe high school student told a local Houston station. “I was ready to run out but my teacher told me to hide instead, so that’s what I did.”
Here’s what we know and what we don’t so far about the shooting.
What we know
- At least one gunman opened fire Friday morning at Santa Fe High School, a public school located roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston.
- Ten people have been killed, and another 10 people have been wounded, Abbott said Friday at a press conference.
- The fatalities “include students and some adult staff as well,” said Ed Gonzalez, Harris County sheriff, said at a press conference just before noon Eastern time Friday.
- At least six people have been transported to hospitals, including one ISD police officer, said Santa Fe ISD police chief Walter Braun.
- At least three people are being treated at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, according to David Marshall, chief nursing and patient services officer: one adult male with a gunshot wound to the arm; an adult female with a gunshot wound to the leg; and a male under the age of 18, also with a gunshot wound to leg.
- The suspect, who is in custody, suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, The New York Times, CNN, NBC News, and CBS News reported. He is being questioned by police.
- Students told CNN and NBC News that Pagourtzis attended Santa Fe high school, where he carried out the massacre.
— Marcelino Benito (@MarcelinoKHOU) May 18, 2018
- Pagourtzis has been charged with capital murder charges and aggravated assault of a police officer, KHOU reports.
- Two other people are being questioned by police, according to Abbott. One person was at the scene, and law enforcement are trying to figure out if he may have had some involvement in the crime. Abbott said police are questioning another person who may have information about the crime.
- At least two weapons were confirmed used in the attack: a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Law enforcement believe that both of those weapons were obtained by the shooter from his father, who legally owned these firearms, according to Abbott.
- Explosive devices have reportedly been found on campus and the surrounding area, according to Santa Fe ISD police. Officials warned community members to be on alert.
Anyone with information including photos or videos depicting today’s events is asked to contact our Command Center at 409-927-3310. #SantaFeISD
— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018
#UPDATE Possible explosive devices have been located at the school and off campus. Law enforcement is in the process of rendering them safe. School has been evacuated. Call 911 if you see any suspicious item. #HouNews #SantaFeISD
— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018
- Police have uncovered different kinds of explosive devices, including a CO2 device and a Molotov cocktail, Abbott said.
- Law enforcement have warrants out to search two residences, but are working cautiously because of the potential for explosive devices, Abbott said.
- Witnesses said that the shooting began between 7:30 and 7:45 am CST, in an art class, according to KTRK.
- According to law enforcement officials, at least two armed officers were on campus, as outlined in the school’s safety plan. School district ISD officers were able to confront the shooter, Abbott said. The school is also equipped with cameras, which will allow law enforcement to piece together how the crime unfolded.
- On Facebook, the school district said Friday morning, “the situation is active but has been contained.”
SFISD District Response to SFHS Active Shooter
May 18, 2018
This morning an incident occurred at the high…
- Multiple law enforcement agencies are on site and assisting with the investigation, including the FBI, ATF, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The high school remains an active crime scene.
What we don’t know
- The confirmed identity of the shooter or shooters
- Any information about their motive
- The identities of the people detained and their relationship to the shooting
- The identities of those killed and injured
- The final death toll
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