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Breaking: Multiple Fatalities Reported in Texas School Shooting, (At least 8 Killed at Santa Fe)

Breaking: Multiple Fatalities Reported in Texas School Shooting, (At least 8 Killed at Santa Fe) New York[RR]Texas–There was another school shooting Friday, this time at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. The shooter is said to be in custody, and early reports indicate that multiple people were killed. Trump’s White House Statement: “President Trump […]

Santa Fe High School freshman Caitlyn Girouard, center, hugs her friend outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe. ( Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle )

Breaking: Multiple Fatalities Reported in Texas School Shooting, (At least 8 Killed at Santa Fe)

New York[RR]Texas–There was another school shooting Friday, this time at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. The shooter is said to be in custody, and early reports indicate that multiple people were killed.

Trump’s White House Statement: “President Trump spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to offer his condolences for those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School. The President pledged to work with the Governor and provide all appropriate federal assistance.”

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At least eight people were killed in a school shooting in Texas, according to law enforcement. The dead include both students and faculty.

The gunfire began around 8:00 a.m. at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, a small city about 45 minutes south of Houston. Students in the building told reporters they heard approximately 20 shots fired. News footage shows tudents and faculty evacuating the school. At least one suspect is in custody.

“It has been happening everywhere. I wasn’t surprised it happened here,” one student told local ABC affiliate KTRK.

Here’s what we know, and don’t know, about the shooting:

hat we know about the deadly phenomenon.

According Houston Chronicles’ TEAM TRACE, “The suspected gunman is a student”–The Associated Press and several other news outlets, quoting law enforcement sources, have identified the suspected gunman as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

An Instagram account that appeared to belong to Pagourtzis followed several gun-focused feeds, and made at least one post containing firearms.

In late April, a Facebook account that appears to be associated with Pagourtzis posted a picture of a t-shirt printed with the phrase, “BORN TO KILL,” and another of a jacket festooned with pins of symbols from Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, WWII-era Japan, and the dark horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft.

The shooter was reportedly armed with several guns–The Houston Chronicle reports that the suspected gunman was armed with an AR-15 style rifle, a handgun, and a shotgun.

It is not yet known how the suspect acquired the weapons used in the attack.

While federal law prohibits licensed dealers from selling a long gun to anyone under the age of 18 or a handgun to anyone under the age of 21, there is no minimum age to possess a firearm. Further, Texas law allows gun transfers of guns to people under the age of 18 who have the written permission of a parent or guardian, according to the Giffords law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Texas holds gun owners criminally responsible if a child younger than 17 gains access to their unsecured, loaded weapons. The penalties are more severe if the child actually fires the gun. A growing body of survey data finds that a majority of gun owners do not store guns locked and unloaded.

Police have recovered explosive devices inside the school and in the surrounding area

At a news conference, Walter Braun, the police chief of the local school district, said investigators had found explosive devices inside the high school and in the nearby area. He urged residents to report suspicious packages to authorities. The Houston Chronicle identified the explosives as pipe bombs.

Explosives technicians were investigating a home four miles from the high school, maintaining a safety perimeter. At one point, the technicians were seen running from the house, according to local news station ABC 13.

As many as a dozen people are wounded

There is not yet an official count of people wounded in the shooting. However, several area hospitals have reported treating patients in connection with the attack:

  • Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, a level II trauma center in Webster, said it had received seven patients.
  • Mainland Medical Center in Texas City said it had received two patients.
  • The John Sealey Hospital, part of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston said it had received three patients.

In a news conference, Sheriff Gonzalez said that a police officer is among the injured. His condition is unknown.

“I have never been more afraid in my life”

On Twitter and to news cameras at the scene, Santa Fe High students described how a routine Friday morning transformed into chaos. “I watched some girl shot dead right in front of me,” wrote one student.

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Credit: The Houston Chronicle

 

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