‘Multiple fatalities’ in US school attack

‘Multiple fatalities’ in US school attack

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Ten people have been killed and 10 others injured after a student opened fire at a Texas high school, the state governor said.

The attacker, who was arrested and charged with murder, was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old pupil at Santa Fe High School.

He allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver taken from his father, who legally owned the weapons.

Most of the dead are students, police said.

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The suspect has been booked into the Galveston County Jail

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said “various kinds of explosive devices” had been found at the school, 40 miles (65km) south of Houston, and off-campus. They included “a CO2 device” and “a Molotov cocktail”, he said.

Mr Abbott said police found information on the suspect’s diary, computer, and mobile phone suggesting that he planned the attack and intended to kill himself afterwards.

The governor said the teenager “gave himself up” because “he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide”.

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Santa Fe Police Chief Jeff Powell advised residents to be aware of any suspicious objects they find. “Do not touch any items that look out of place,” he said.

Santa Fe school police officer John Barnes has been named among the injured. He was in a critical condition and undergoing surgery, local media reported.

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The high school is about 40 miles south of Houston

How the attack unfolded

Students said the shooter entered an art class and opened fire shortly before 08:00 (13:00 GMT).

“There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting,” one witness told KTRK-TV, “and this girl got shot in the leg.”

One student told local network KHOU-11 that a teacher who realised what was happening activated a fire alarm to evacuate the building.

Dakota Shrader, a student, told CBS News that everyone began running outside when the alarms went off.

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“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, Damon Rabon, told CBS he looked out of his classroom after hearing loud bangs and saw the shooter. “Black trench coat, short kind of guy, had a sawed-off shotgun,” he said.

There were 1,400 students in the school at the time of the attack, according to Lt Gov Dan Patrick.

The reaction

President Donald Trump, speaking at a prison reform event at the White House, described the attack as “absolutely horrific”.

“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,” he said.

He ordered flags to be flown at half-mast at the White House and all public and military buildings.

Two weeks ago, the US president reiterated his call to arm teachers with guns during a speech in Dallas to the National Rifle Association.

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Governor Abbott called the shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools”.

“It’s impossible to describe the magnitude of the evil of someone who would attack innocent children in a school,” he said.

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted: “My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.”

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How does it compare to previous school shootings?

The Texas attack is the deadliest school shooting since a student opened fire in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people.

That assault spawned a nationwide youth-led campaign for gun control.

Earlier this week, a police officer was able to stop a former student who opened fire at an Illinois high school before anyone was injured.

The worst school shooting in US history occurred at Virginia Tech university in Virginia, where 33 people were killed and 25 injured by Sueng-Hui Cho, who committed suicide after the attack.

There have been more deaths in US school shootings so far in 2018 than there have been deaths in the US military, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.

What do we know about the attacker?

Authorities said journals kept by Mr Pagourtzis, 17, showed that he planned to carry out the attack and intended to kill himself afterwards.

But Mr Abbott told reporters that, unlike several previous mass shootings, authorities had not been alerted to Mr Pagourtzis before the attack on Friday.

“Unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there were not those types of warning signs,” Mr Abbott said. “We have what are often categorized as red-flag warnings, and here, the red-flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible.”

Mr Pagourtzis suggested in social media posts that he was an atheist and said: “I hate politics”. On April 30 he posted a photograph of a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Born to Kill”.

He is being held at Galveston County Jail on a charge of capital murder.

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‘Multiple fatalities’ reported after gunman open fires at Texas high school

‘Multiple fatalities’ reported after gunman open fires at Texas high school

Ten people have been killed in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, in the latest gun violence in a country still shaken by the massacre at a Florida high school in February.

A majority of those who died were students, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that 10 people were killed and 10 others injured at .

The suspect in Santa Fe High School shooting is being held on a capital murder charge.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said that 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held without bond in the Galveston County jail.

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One student from the school a 17-year-old junior – who did not want to be named – told our reporter Clark Mindock that she was across the school when the shooting began. A fire alarm began ringing, but she and her friends in her precalculus class thought it was just a drill — so they began leisurely walking down the hall and joking.
Then, a teacher described as “normally level-headed” began “screaming” at students to get out.
“I was terrified, we had no idea what was going on. My younger brother was AP [Advanced Placement] testing, so he didn’t have his phone. I was a hysterical mess searching for him,” the student, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
The student said that she knew the suspected shooter — “in a community as small as ours, there’s no one you don’t know” — but said she was not surprised a shooting took place.
“I wasn’t surprised eiher, after our fake-out in February,” she said, referring to a false alarm. “It felt like it was just a ticking time bomb waiting to explode since then. I mean, it’s hard to believe that people are comparing us to Parkland, no one is ever really prepared for something like this.”

President Donald Trump has ordered flags be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of today’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

“Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families,” a proclamation. 

 

“As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 22, 2018. 

 

“I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

One of the victims in the shooting has spoken to local media about his injuries.

Rome Shubert tells the Houston Chronicle that he was hit in the back of his head with what he says was a bullet, but that it “missed everything vital.” 

Robert posted on Twitter that he was “completely OK and stable.” 

A sheriff says the 17-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of at least 10 people at his Houston-area high school is being held on a capital murder charge.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset says in a statement that the student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is being held without bond in the Galveston County jail.
 

Mr Abbott says that there were few “red flags” that would have alerted authorities to the possibility of a shooting.

The governor said that there was a picture on the suspect’s Facebook page – a T-shirt that aid “born to kill”.

Authorities found writings in the Texas shooting suspect’s journals that indicated he wanted to take his own life, Mr Abbott said.

“We also know information already that the shooter has information contained in journals on his computer and his cell phone that he said that not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting,” he said.

“As you probably know, he gave himself up and admitted at the time he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide, that he wanted to take his own life earlier,” Mr Abbott added.

 

Mr Abbott called the shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”
He said explosive devices including a molotov cocktail that had been found in the suspected shooter’s home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.
The governor said the suspect said he originally intended to commit suicide but gave himself up and told authorities that he did not have the courage to take his own life.
Abbott said there are “one or two” other people of interest being interviewed about the shooting.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz says that Texas has “once again seen the face of evil” with the attack.

Mr Abbott says the police are searching the scene – and two residences.

“Various kinds of explosives” have been found at a residence and in a vehicle, so they are taking their time to search.

One was a carbon dioxide device, one Molotov cocktail.

Two weapons sued in the attack, one was a shotgun

Both of the weapons were legally owned by the the suspect’s father. It is not known if the father knew the weapons were taken and used.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that 10 people were killed in the shooting, with another 10 people injured.

“This will be a long and painful time for this parents,” he says – with many of the victims believed to be students.

There has been quite a bit of reaction to the shooting in Washington. Many Democrats have called for more action on gun control from President Donald Trump and Congress.

 

 

  

March for Our Lives, a massive demonstration for gun control created by the survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting in Florida have shared their support on Twitter for the victims of today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School.

“Santa Fe, we are with you, and we will do whatever we can to support you as the days go on,” the group tweeted.

 

 

The suspect in the shooting has been named as Dimitrios Pagourtzis by a number of media outlets, citing sources. Police have not yet officially released an ID.

 

The emergency room medical director at a Texas hospital says the facility has treated eight patients injured in a shooting at a Houston-area school. 

Dr Safi Madain at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center says six of the eight patients have been treated and released. Dr Madain says one patient remains in critical condition and the other is in fair condition. 

Dr Madain says all of the victims appeared to be high school students with gunshot wounds. 

From the Associated Press: 

A student inside the Houston-area high school where several people were fatally shot says he was near the art classroom where the shooting took place. 

Eighteen-year-old Logan Roberds says he heard a fire alarm at Santa Fe High School and went outside. He says he then heard two loud bangs, which he didn’t initially think were gunshots. He says he thought someone loudly hit a trash can. 

But he later heard three loud bangs. He says, “that’s when the teachers told us to run.” He says he ran with other students to a nearby gas station. His mother says she quickly drove to meet her son. 

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has issued a statement:

“My heart is heavy from watching the horrific events that unfolded at Santa Fe High School today. My prayers are with each student, parent, educator and first responder impacted. Our schools must be safe and nurturing environments for learning. No student should have to experience the trauma suffered by so many today and in similar events prior. We simply cannot allow this trend to continue. 
“Every day, the Federal Commission on School Safety is working to identify proven ways to prevent violence and keep our students safe at school. Our work remains urgent. Our nation must come together and address the underlying issues that lead to such tragic and senseless loss of life.”

More on the explosives found near the school: 

CNN is quoting a law enforcement official who says 10 people are dead in the Texas high school shooting; nine of those killed are students and one a teacher. Once again, this has not been officially confirmed.

Medical professionals at the University of Texas medical branch say that they have received three patients, and one is currently in surgery.

 

The officials say that they are also going to be receiving blood donations outside of the hospital today, and they may continue to receive blood donations Saturday as well.

“We have not heard that we will be receiving more patients, tragically,” David Marshall, the chief nursing officer, said alluding to the number of reported fatalities.

CNN says the suspected shooter, who is in custody, is a 17-year-old student at the school

 

Sheriff Gonzalez said that the campus – about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Houston – is still considered an active crime scene.

Explosive devices had also been found at the school and off campus, Gonzalez tweeted. “Law enforcement is in the process of rendering them safe. School has been evacuated.”

Authorities found writings in the Texas shooting suspect’s journals that indicated he wanted to take his own life, Texas Govenor Greg Abbott said.

“We also know information already that the shooter has information contained in journals on his computer and his cell phone that he said that not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting,” he said.

“As you probably know, he gave himself up and admitted at the time he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide, that he wanted to take his own life earlier,” Abbott added.

Mr Abbott called the shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.” He added that the weapons used were a shotgun and a .38 revolver.

He said explosive devices including a Molotov cocktail that had been found in the suspected shooter’s home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.

Mr Abbott said there are “one or two” other people of interest being interviewed about the shooting.

Donald Trump issues statement after Santa Fe High School shooting

President Donald Trump called the shooting heartbreaking and said that federal and local authorities were coordinating in the wake of the gun attack.

“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,” Mr Trump said at the White House.

Student Leila Butler told the local ABC affiliate that fire alarms went off at about 7.45am local time and students left their classrooms. She said some students believe they heard shots fired, and that she was sheltering with other students and teachers near campus.

Another student, Dakota Shrader, told Fox 26 TV her 17-year-old girlfriend told her by phone that she was wounded but was recovering in a hospital. “My friend got injured,” said an emotional Shrader. “Her leg, she got shot in the leg.”

Dr David Marshall, chief nursing officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch, said that the hospital was treating at least three patients – two adults and one person under 18. He said it was not immediately clear if that child was a student.

“I know that they have gunshot wounds but that’s the extent of the knowledge I have at this point,” Marshall told reporters at a news conference. “One adult is in our operating room.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement on the shooting: “The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by today’s tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”


Multiple fatalities in Texas school shooting: US police

Multiple fatalities in Texas school shooting: US police

At least eight people have been killed in a shooting at a high school in the US state of Texas, according to local police.

The incident took place on Friday morning at Santa Fe High School, located about 50km southeast of Houston.

The suspected shooter, now in custody, was a student at the school, said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

“There are multiple fatalities,” he told reporters.

“There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students,” Gonzaled said, adding that the campus is still considered an active crime scene.

US President Donald Trump expressed “sadness and heartbreak” over the shooting.

Describing the incident as “absolutely horrific,” Trump said: “This has been going on too long in our country.”

More to follow.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

Multiple fatalities reported in Texas High School shooting

Multiple fatalities reported in Texas High School shooting

At least eight people are dead after a shooting at a Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday morning, ABC and CBS local affiliates are reporting. The school was placed on lockdown at 8 a.m. this morning and the suspect has been arrested and secured, reports the AP.

Multiple fatalities in shooting at Texas high school: Sources

Multiple fatalities in shooting at Texas high school: Sources

There are multiple fatalities from a shooting at Santa Fe High School near Galveston, Texas, this morning, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said one person is in custody and a second person is detained. The suspect appears to be a student, a local law enforcement official said.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News authorities are also investigating to see if an explosive device was left behind in the school.

PHOTO: A shooting was reported at Santa Fe High School, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.KTRK
A shooting was reported at Santa Fe High School, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.
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A shooting was reported at Santa Fe High School, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.

Witnesses said the shooting took place in an art class, ABC station KTRK in Houston reported. The incident has since been contained.

One student told KTRK she was in first period when the fire alarms went off. Students were told to evacuate and staff members instructed them to run across the street and hide.

“It has been happening everywhere. I wasn’t surprised it happened here,” one student told KTRK. “I was just scared. I just kept running.”

An unknown number of people are also injured. Among the injured is a police officer in unknown condition, the sheriff said.

The University of Texas Medical Branch said it is treating three patients with gunshot wounds; two are adults and one is a child.

PHOTO: A shooting was reported at Santa Fe High School, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.Timothy Oliff/Facebook
A shooting was reported at Santa Fe High School, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.
PHOTO: Santa Fe High School students leave the school after a reported shooting, May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas.KTRK
Santa Fe High School students leave the school after a reported shooting, May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas.

Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene. Ambulances and helicopters have also swarmed the school.

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A shooting took place at Santa Fe High School in Texas, May 18, 2018.

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

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

ABC News’ Josh Margolin, Jack Date, Aaron Katersky and Jonah Lustig contributed to this report.