WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Another fatal school shooting occurred at a Texas high school claiming the lives of at least 10 people.
- The suspect, a 17-year-old student, allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School Friday morning using a shotgun and a .38 revolver.
- This is the sixth fatal school shooting since the Parkland high school massacre on Valentine’s day.
At least 10 people were killed, including a teacher, when suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School on Friday. Ten others were wounded, including school district police officer John Barnes who is reportedly in critical condition.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described the shooting as “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”
Pagourtzis has been arrested and charged with capital murder, officials reported. The 17-year-old allegedly planned to carry out the shooting and then commit suicide as written in his journals. He gave himself up to the authorities instead.
According to officials, Pagourtzis has no criminal history. The teen admitted to shooting at people inside the high school with the intention of killing them. He gave the statement at the Santa Fe Police Department, also revealing that he did not shoot schoolmates he liked “so he could have his story told.”
Officials reported that there is another person of interest, a second individual that the police has detained.
The weapons used in the shooting were legally owned by the Pagourtzis’ father, Gov. Abbott said.
The Texas governor said it’s time to “make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again.”
There were four explosive devices, including a Molotov cocktail, discovered at the school, in a vehicle and a home, officials said. The explosives found were not functional, Galveston County Magistrate Mark Henry said.
Bryton Sumbles told ABC News that he has reported Pagourtzis to teachers in the past. He found it odd that Pagourtzis would wear trench coats in warm weather. The former school football player thought it would be convenient to hide a gun under the coat. But Sumbles said, no action has been made.
“I’m scared to even go back,” one student said. “It’s just not something that you should feel throughout the day, being scared. Especially somewhere where we say the Pledge of Allegiance.”
“It has been happening everywhere. I wasn’t surprised it happened here. I was just scared. I just kept running,” another student told KTRK.
Santa Fe High School students participated in a nationwide school walkout against school gun violence just last month.
President Trump said, “Too many years, too many decades now, we grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack.”
“The [suspect’s] family is stunned and shell-shocked,” Robert Barfield, Pagourtzis’ attorney told ABC News. “The parents were in the dark.”
Source: ABC News