Texas shooting: Santa Fe High School gunman kills 10 people

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Booked: This booking photo from the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who is being held on a capital murder charge stemming from Friday's deadly Santa Fe High School shooting 

Booked: This booking photo from the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who is being held on a capital murder charge stemming from Friday’s deadly Santa Fe High School shooting 

Dressed in a ‘Born to Kill’ T-shirt and brandishing his father’s shotgun and pistol, police in Texas say 17-year-old high school junior Dimitrios Pagourtzis burst into an art classroom at Santa Fe High School yelling ‘Surprise!’ and opened fire as part of a murder-suicide plot, the latter part of which he did not carry through. 

After allegedly killing nine students and a teacher, and injuring 10 others, Pagourtzis surrendered to police because he said he could not bring himself to take his own life.  

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset says Pagourtzis is being held without bond in the Galveston County jail on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer. 

Officials are also questioning two other students who were detained after the shooting as persons of interest. They have not been named.

Among the wounded The majority of the deceased victims were students, according to Gonzalez. Ten others were wounded, among them school district police officer and retired Houston cop John Barnes, 49, who was shot in the elbow and left in critical condition. 

It was reported by Chron.com, citing law reinforcement sources, that the gunman carried out the massacre with a shotgun and a pistol. 

On his now-deleted Facebook page, Pagourtzis on April 30 shared a photo of a black T-shirt with the words ‘Born to Kill’ printed across the front. CW39 reported that witnesses saw the suspect wearing that same shirt and combat-style boots.  

Other photos shared on Pagourtzis’s page the same day in April depicted a dark-colored trenchcoat festooned with various insignia, including the Nazi Iron Cross, which the teen wrote stood for ‘bravery.’ 

Additional patches on the garb included the rising sun, a Communist hammer and sickle pin and a depiction of the idol Baphomet, which Pagourtzis said symbolized ‘Evil.’

A week prior, a photo showing a handgun and a knife appeared on an Instagram account associated with Pagourtzis. The page has since been taken down.

Students at Santa Fe High told  NBC News that Pagourtzis wore a trenchcoat to school every day.

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Law enforcement early in Texas identified the suspected Santa Fe school shooter on Friday afternoon as Dimitrios 'Dimitri' Pagourtzis, 17

Law enforcement early in Texas identified the suspected Santa Fe school shooter on Friday afternoon as Dimitrios ‘Dimitri’ Pagourtzis, 17 (left and right). He is now in custody 

Waring sign: On his now-deleted Facebook page, Pagourtzis on April 30 shared a photo of a black T-shirt with the words 'Born to Kill' printed across the front Other photos shared on Pagourtzis's page the same day in April depicted a dark-colored trenchcoat festooned with various insignia, including the Nazi Iron Cross

Warning signs: On his now-deleted Facebook page, Pagourtzis on April 30 shared a photo of a black T-shirt with the words ‘Born to Kill’ printed across the front (left). Other photos shared on Pagourtzis’s page the same day in April depicted a dark-colored trenchcoat festooned with various insignia, including the Nazi Iron Cross (right)

A photo showing a handgun and a knife appeared on an Instagram account associated with Pagourtzis in late April

A photo showing a handgun and a knife appeared on an Instagram account associated with Pagourtzis in late April

Santa Fe High School in Texas was on lockdown after a shooter stormed into a class and killed 10 people Friday morning 

Santa Fe High School in Texas was on lockdown after a shooter stormed into a class and killed 10 people Friday morning 

State and federal law enforcement officers in tactical gear work outside a home in Alvin, Texas, as part of the investigation in the aftermath of Friday's deadly school shooting 

State and federal law enforcement officers in tactical gear work outside a home in Alvin, Texas, as part of the investigation in the aftermath of Friday’s deadly school shooting 

A Pearland Police armored vehicle stands ready in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe

A Pearland Police armored vehicle stands ready in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe

Dustin Severin, 17, told KPRC-TV he saw Pagourtzis in the hallway before the shooting wearing his ‘usual outfit.’

Severin says the teen has been picked on by football coaches ‘for smelling bad’,’ and he described Pagourtzis as someone who keeps to himself. 

Tristen Patterson, 16, who introduced himself as a friend of Pagourtzis’, said he is interested in guns and war simulation video games, but that he has never about talked about killing people.

He also claimed that the high school junior did not show signs of bullying, but would sometimes enter the classroom ‘acting a little bit down or sad. A little bit sluggish.’ 

A woman who answered the phone at a number associated with the Pagourtzis family declined to speak with the AP. 

She said: ‘Give us our time right now, thank you.’

Pagourtzis plays on the Santa Fe High School junior varsity football team, and is a member of a dance squad with a local Greek Orthodox church. 

Students are emotional as they gather by the Barnett Intermediate School where parents are gathering to pick up their children Friday

Students are emotional as they gather by the Barnett Intermediate School where parents are gathering to pick up their children Friday

Police vehicles line the blocked-off street where the home of Dimitrios Pagourtzis in Alvin, Texas,

Police vehicles line the blocked-off street where the home of Dimitrios Pagourtzis in Alvin, Texas,

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At a press conference this afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the suspect used his father’s legally owned shotgun and .38-revolve. But it’s not clear whether the father knew his son had taken them.

According to the governor, explosive devices including a molotov cocktail had been found in Pagourtzis’ home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.

The governor says the suspect said he originally intended to commit suicide, as he had written in journals found on his computer, but gave himself up and told authorities that he didn’t have the courage to take his own life. 

The Santa Fe Independent School District said in a statement Friday that authorities are in the process of rendering the recovered explosive devices safe. There’s no indication how many devices have been found.

Dr. Safi Madain at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center says six of eight shooting victims have been treated and released. Madain says one patient remains in critical condition and the other is in fair condition. All appeared to be high school students with gunshot wounds.

Other victims have been treated at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, including a 16-year-old boy and a woman. Dr. David Marshall, chief nursing officer, says one adult male is in critical condition at the hospital. He says that man was shot in the upper arm and is undergoing surgery. 

Police officers in tactical gear move through the scene at Santa Fe High School where pipe bombs were found

Police officers in tactical gear move through the scene at Santa Fe High School where pipe bombs were found

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A man hugs a sobbing woman outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School

A man hugs a sobbing woman outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School

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Santa Fe High School junior Guadalupe Sanchez, 16, cries in the arms of her mother, Elida Sanchez, after reuniting with her at a meeting point at a nearby Alamo Gym

Santa Fe High School junior Guadalupe Sanchez, 16, cries in the arms of her mother, Elida Sanchez, after reuniting with her at a meeting point at a nearby Alamo Gym

Santa Fe High School staff react as they gather in the parking lot of a gas station following a shooting at the school in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday

Santa Fe High School staff react as they gather in the parking lot of a gas station following a shooting at the school in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday

Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and ATF agents are on the scene of the active shooter situation

Medical helicopters are pictured in the parking lot of the suburban Houston school Friday

Medical helicopters are pictured in the parking lot of the suburban Houston school Friday

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‘I heard boom boom boom and my friend got shot’: Harrowing accounts from inside Texas school during deadly shooting massacre that killed up to ten students

Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader described, through tears, how she fled from the gunman who opened fire and killed up to ten of her classmates on Friday

Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader described, through tears, how she fled from the gunman who opened fire and killed up to ten of her classmates on Friday

Harrowing witness accounts have emerged from inside the Texas school where up to ten students died today after a shooter opened fire in an art class.

Students described the initial confusion as the fire alarm went off at Santa Fe High School before shots rang out and students fled from the school buildings into nearby streets and woodland.

‘As soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as [a] practice fire drill,’ student Dakota Shrader told CBS News through tears. 

‘And next thing you know, we just hear three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.

‘You could just hear “boom, boom, boom” so I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest forest to hide and call my mom.’

The gunman, who has now been taken into custody, burst through the door of the first-period art class at around 8am and yelled ‘Surprise!’ before opening fire.

Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday

Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday

A student who saw him walking down the hallway managed to pull the fire alarm before running away.

‘My friend said he saw some kid walking down the hallway with a gun so he pulled the firearm and ran out,’ a senior called Tyler Turner told KTRK-TV.

‘The teachers told everybody to run after three shots were heard so we all took off and ran into the trees

‘Then we heard four more shots so jumped the fence into some dude’s house and ran into a car wash.

Tyler Turner, a senior at Santa Fe High School, said one of his friends pulled the fire alarm when he first saw the shooter walking down a corridor with a gun

Tyler Turner, a senior at Santa Fe High School, said one of his friends pulled the fire alarm when he first saw the shooter walking down a corridor with a gun

‘While we were sitting down trying to figure out what had just happened I saw a girl who had been shot in the kneecap.’

‘I heard so many people saying there were gunshots and that people were dead,’ fellow student Megan Hunter added.

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

‘We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, “Start running,” the student told the television station.

The student said she did not get a good look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.

Another student, called Paige, offered up a different perspective on today’s shooting.

When asked by local network ABC13 if she was surprised at the massacre, the girl replied, ‘No, I wasn’t, it’s been happening everywhere and I’ve always felt eventually it would happen here too.’

 

Police responded to the school on State Highway 6 near Morning Glory Drive in Santa Fe just before 8am after getting reports of shots fired. 

Witnesses described how the unnamed gunman burst through the door of a first-period art class and yelled ‘Surprise!’ before opening fire on his classmates. 

Then a fire alarm was pulled somewhere in the building, sending students running into the hallway.  

‘As soon as the alarms went off, everybody just started running outside,’ sophomore Dakota Shrader told reporters, ‘and next thing you know everybody looks, and you hear boom, boom, boom, and I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest floor so I could hide, and I called my mom.’ 

Another student told ABC13  in an earlier phone interview that the suspect came into her first-period art class and started shooting at 7.45am. 

The student says she saw one girl with blood on her leg as the class evacuated the room.  

‘We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, “Start running,”’ the student told the television station.

President Trump addressed the shooting in Texas as he delivered remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House in Washington

President Trump addressed the shooting in Texas as he delivered remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House in Washington

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The student said she didn’t get a good look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.

Santa Fe Police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and ATF agents responded to the school. Medical helicopters were pictured in the parking lot, along with multiple ambulances.

President Donald Trump addressed the latest school shooting in a tweet, which said in part: ‘Early reports not looking good. God bless all!’

First lady Melania Trump, who is still recovering from a recent surgery, also tweeted, saying: ‘my heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.’ 

Trump again weighed in on the massacre in Texas as he delivered remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House, expressing his ‘sadness and heartbreak’ and saying that his administration is closely monitoring the situation.

‘This has been going on too long in our country – too many years, too many decades now,’ he went on to say. ‘We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack to the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High. 

‘We’re with you in this tragic hour and we will be with you forever. My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others.

‘Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe. May God heal the injured, and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. Very sad day. Very, very sad.’ 

David Hogg, the outspoken survivor of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, lashed out on Twitter at politicians for failing to do anything to rein in gun violence in the US.   

David Hogg, the Parkland, Florida shooting survivor, addressed this latest massacre in this strongly-worded tweet Friday 

David Hogg, the Parkland, Florida shooting survivor, addressed this latest massacre in this strongly-worded tweet Friday 

Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson

Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson

Santa Fe High School staff react as they gather in the parking lot of a gas station A woman cries while talking on the phone outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their children

Students and staff embraced and cried after Friday’s deadly shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

Students are pictured emptying their backpacks for inspection outside a row of school buses 

Students are pictured emptying their backpacks for inspection outside a row of school buses 

In this image taken from video a police officer walks near school buses

In this image taken from video a police officer walks near school buses

School staff members sit in a school bus to be transported to another school Friday

School staff members sit in a school bus to be transported to another school Friday

Students are being transported to another location to reunite with their parents

Students are being transported to another location to reunite with their parents

News chopper footage showed a small crowd of students emptying their backpacks for inspection on the grass. 

Students are being transported to Alamo Gym to reunite with their parents.

Santa Fe High School has more than 1,400 students in grades 9-12. The senior class was scheduled to graduate on Sunday. 

In late February, the school was briefly put on lockdown over ‘popping sounds’  thought to be gunshots that were heard outside. Police arrived on campus to investigate but no threat was found.

CNN reported that Santa Fe is the 22nd school shooting so far this year, and the deadliest one since Parkland.  

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