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Everything We Know About The Deadly School Shooting At Santa Fe High School In Texas
Two students were taken into custody after a shooting left at least 10 people dead.
Multiple students were killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday morning, federal officials told local media. Here is everything we know so far.
There’s at least 8 dead
Federal and county officials said at least ten people were killed. Most of the victims are reportedly students.
There are multiple wounded, including a resource officer
At least nine people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, hospital officials said. The conditions of those people was not immediately clear. A police officer was also being treated for injuries. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston confirmed they are treating three patients, said spokesman Raul Reyes at a press conference. One person, the school's resource officer, was in critical condition and two suffered 2 gunshot leg injuries.
The suspected shooter has been identifed
The suspect has been named by CBS News as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17.
The shooting may have started in an art class
The shooting began in an art class between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m., witnesses told KTRK in Houston. At least one witness said the gunman used a shotgun. One student told the publication that they saw a gunman shoot a girl.
Explosives were found
Possible explosive devices were located at the school and off campus, according to the Santa Fe School District. The other location appears to be a trailer home, according to KHOU11 in Houston. Later, Santa Fe police chief Walter Braun confirmed that explosivies were found in and around the school.
Two students were taken into custody
"There is one person, a suspect, in custody and a second possible person of interest that was detained and being questioned," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference. He said that the scene was secure with officers searching the building to ensure there were no remaining threats.
Someone pulled a fire alarm
Sophomore Leila Butler said that fire alarms went off at about 7:45 a.m. 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.
Survivors described the chaos
Parents described talking to their children as the shooting was underway. Sophomore Dakota Shrader described being told to run, and then hearing gunshots.
"Everybody just started running, trying to make it to the safest place I could," she said.
Student Zach Lawford, who was in a classroom about two doors down from the art class, told KHOU11 in Houston, “We clearly heard the first shot and probably 20 more shots.”
Student Lauren Little ran out of school, crossed a highway and took cover inside a carwash.
“One minute we’re sitting there doing math problems and then we’re being told to run for our lives," she told KHOU11. "There were people crying and screaming everywhere. There were parents crying because they didn’t know where their kids were.”
An armed pro-Trump protester showed up at the scene
Before casualties were even confirmed, and as worried parents gathered at the school, a man wearing a red Trump hat which said “Make America Great Again” approached the school carrying a pistol and American flag, upsetting one parent whose son was at the school during the shooting.
"This guy right here is sick," said the parent, who wasn’t identified.
The shooting happened days before graduation
The school was supposed to hold a commencement ceremony for graduating seniors on Saturday.
Reuters contributed to this report.
[Photo: Eaton County Sheriff's Office]