At least 10 people are dead, mostly students, and others are in critical condition after an alleged 17-year-old student, opened fire in a classroom at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. The suspect has reportedly been identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis.
Update 11:50 AM ET May 21: Dimtrios Pagourtzis’ family released the following statement:
“We are saddened and dismayed by yesterday’s events at Santa Fe High School. We extend our most heartfelt prayers and condolences to all of the victims. We also wish to thank all the first responders from all over Texas that assisted in rendering aid and support.
We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred. We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy. While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday’s tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love.
We share the public’s hunger for answers as to why this happened, and will await the outcome of the investigation before speaking about these events. We have been and will continue to cooperate with the authorities conducting the investigation, and ask for the public’s patience while it moves forward.
We ask the public to please extend privacy, both to the victims and to our own family, as all of us try process these events, and begin the healing process.
The Pagourtzis Family”
Update 6:00 PM ET: Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being charged with Capital Murder and Aggravate Assault of a Peace Officer, according to Fox 5 News. He is currently being held without bail in Galveston County, Texas.
Update 3:26 PM ET: Texas Governor Greg Abbott, 60, said during a press conference that the shooting suspect had a shotgun and a .38 revolver on him, per the Associated Press. Both guns reportedly belonged to the suspect’s father.
Update 2:14 PM ET: The second person in custody is an 18-year-old, law enforcement officials told CNN,, and is suspected to be a possible accomplice. 8 students have been treated for gunshot wounds, while six of them have already been discharged. One patient is in fair condition and will remain in the hospital for several days.
Update 1:40 PM ET: The 17-year-old suspect in custody has been identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, law enforcement sources told CBS news.
Update 1:13 PM ET: The death toll has raised to 10, as nine students and one teacher have died. Two law enforcement officers were among the injured. While the number of people killed could still grow, this attack could have been a lot worse. A law enforcement official also said that at least two pipe bombs and “pressure cooker”-style explosive devices – similar to the devices used at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing – were found at the scene.
Update 12:17 PM ET: Explosive devices were found in the high school and around the school. The alleged shooter has also been identified as a 17-year-old male. In addition to those slain in this attack, at least 12 people are being treated at multiple Texas hospitals.
Update 11:53 AM ET: The unnamed male gunman burst through the door of a first-period art class, yelled “Surprise!” and began firing, according to the Daily Mail. Students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom. This is the third school shooting across the country in the past seven days and the 22nd shooting since the start of the year. There are also unconfirmed reports of possible explosive devices in the school.
Update 11:32 AM ET: Nine people were massacred in the shooting, CNN affiliates are now reporting, while others are in critical condition. The majority of fatalities are students, and an officer was shot and wounded after the shooter opened fire inside the Santa Fe High School. The number of people injured remains unknown at the time. One suspect in custody appears to be a male student. They’ve detained another “person of interest,” who is also a student.
Update: The authorities have apprehended a suspect, according to Cris Richardson, the assistant principal at the Texas Santa Fe High School, per CNN. The assistant principal told reporters that assembled near the school that there was an active shooting, but “that person has been arrested and is secured.”
Original: Witnesses at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, say that a shooting took place inside an art class on campus between 7:30 and 7:45 AM local time, according to ABC 13. Santa Fe Police, the Galveston Country Sheriff’s Office and ATF agents have all rushed to the school, while students are evacuating the campus. While the details of this story are still developing, a witness told CNN affiliate KTRK that a gunman walked in and began firing what looked like a shotgun. This report remains unconfirmed.
“We’re currently in protect mode as a precaution because of reports of a shooting at Santa Fe HS,” the Dickinson Independent School District’s official account tweeted. “Doors are locked & personnel are stationed at outer doors to let people in and out. No students allowed outside of building. Field trips are postponed until we go off of protect mode.”
“We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN, describing the ordeal like a fire drill. “I didn’t see anybody shooting, but like (the gunshots) were kind of spaced.” The young girl added that she heard about four shots.
Santa Fe High School student tells CNN shooting happened after what seemed like a fire drill: "It was just a normal like class day…. then we all start hearing gunshots. And then everybody starts running." pic.twitter.com/wRNbUryZPR
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Santa Fe, Texas is a city of about 13,000 people and is found roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston and 20 miles northwest of Galveston. The high school has about 1,400 students. Sadly, the shooting immediately invokes thoughts of the deadly massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The deadly Feb. 14, 2018 attack left 17 dead, sparking the survivors to start the #NeverAgain movement.
We’ll update this post with more details as they are made available.