Texas High School shooting: Suspect charged with capital murder

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Law enforcement officers respond to Santa Fe High School after an active shooter was reported on campus, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. ( Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

SANTA FE, Texas (KXAN) — One student has been charged with capital murder in the school shooting that left 10 people dead in Santa Fe, Texas. Authorities say 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is currently being held in the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office with no bond.

Gov. Greg Abbott says one to two other individuals are currently being questioned in the case. 

The school district confirms there are injuries but it has not released how many people were injured. The shooting started around 7:30 a.m., less than 20 minutes after the start of the school day. Santa Fe High School is on State Highway 6 near Morning Glory Drive. Santa Fe is southeast of Houston, near Galveston.

Authorities say 10 people have died, nine of whom were students and one teacher. A Santa Fe Independent School District officer was hurt, and three people (two adults, one of whom is a school resource officers, and a 16-year-old) were taken to a trauma center in Galveston. Two of the individuals has gunshot wounds to the leg and one had a gunshot wound to the chest area. It’s not known how many more may have been injured.

Abbott confirmed during a news conference the suspect had two weapons on him: a shotgun and a .38 revolver.  Abbott says the firearms belonged to the suspect’s father.

A student told the CBS affiliate in Houston that he saw a student with a gunshot wound to the kneecap area. “We had to get out there as fast as we could,” said one Santa Fe student. 

“I was scared for my life. Nobody should go through this. Nobody should be able to feel that in school. This is a place where we’re supposed to feel safe. This is where we come most of the week. Nobody should have to go through this. Nobody should have to feel that pain. It hurts my heart to see this,” student Dakota Shrader said. 

The district says officers will continue to secure the building and students will be moved to another location. All other campuses in the district are operating on their regular schedules.The Harris, Brazoria and Galveston Sheriff’s Offices and federal authorities are all involved in the investigation.

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The local sheriff says as many as 10 people may have been killed during a shooting at a high school near Houston, most of them students.

Police say explosive devices have been found both inside and around the school, which is located about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzalez Harris County said there “could be 8 to 10 fatalities” from the shooting Friday morning at Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

Gonzalez says the majority of the dead are students.

The sheriff says one person is in custody and a second person has been detained.

Gonzalez says a police officer is among the injured but the extent of the officer’s injuries is unknown.

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Officials say at least three people are being treated for gunshot wounds and two people have been detained following a shooting at a high school near Houston.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Friday that one person is in custody and a second person has been detained following the Friday morning shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Gonzalez says a police officer was injured but the extent of the officer’s injuries is unknown.

Gonzalez says there are “multiple casualties” but didn’t’t elaborate. Houston-area media have cited unnamed law enforcement officials saying there were fatalities. The Associated Press has not been able to confirm the reports.

Dr. David Marshall is chief nursing officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He says one man was undergoing surgery at the hospital Friday morning following the shooting. He says a juvenile has been admitted and a second adult is being treated in the emergency room.

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Federal and county officials said multiple students were killed and an officer was wounded when a shooter opened fire inside Santa Fe High School, CBS Affiliate KHOU 11 News informed.

An assistant principal confirms the suspect, believed to be a student, is now in custody.

Multiple sources at the scene tell us there are least eight people dead. There are an unknown number of injuries.

Views from KHOU-TV Air 11 show several ambulances, including a mass casualty ambulance, along with multiple Life Flight helicopters on the scene.

Multiple victims have been transported to hospitals near the area.

The gunfire was first reported before 8 a.m. Friday.

Witnesses said at least one suspect came into the school and opened fire in an art class.

Some students also said the shooter was throwing explosives into a classroom.

As of 9:45 a.m. law enforcement was sweeping the campus for the possibility of explosive devices, a threat they said they were taking “very seriously.”

Some students say they were evacuated down the street to a nearby auto shop as police surrounded the school.

Many parents are now lining up to pick their kids up at the business.

“School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!,” President Trump tweeted.

The school is located about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

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One person in custody and an unspecified number of people injured after a shooting at a Texas high school, school district said.

Aerial footage from the scene showed students standing in a grassy field and three life-flight helicopters landing at the school.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to a shooting at the school.

There was a large law enforcement response to the same school in February when it was placed on lockdown after students and teachers said they heard “popping sounds.”

Santa Fe police swept the campus but found no threat.

Santa Fe is a city of about 13,000 residents located 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

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Law enforcement officers are responding to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus.

The Santa Fe school district issued an alert Friday morning saying Santa Fe High School has been placed on lockdown.

Galveston County sheriff’s Maj. Douglas Hudson says units are responding to reports of shots fired. He had no immediate details on whether anyone has been hurt.

Santa Fe is a city of about 13,000 residents, located 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

One student told Houston television station KTRK in a telephone interview that a gunman came into her first-period art class and started shooting. The student says she saw one girl with blood on her leg as the class evacuated the room.

Authorities have not yet confirmed that report.

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