SANTA FE, TX — At least ten people were killed and several others injured in a shooting Friday morning at Santa Fe High School, about 20 miles outside of Galveston.
Gunfire erupted not long after classes started at 7:30 AM.
Authorities later found explosive devices, including pipe bombs and pressure cookers within the school’s vicinity.
“Because of the threat of these explosive items, community members should be on the lookout for any suspicious items, and anything that looks out of place,” says Walter Braun, Santa Fe school district police chief. “Do not touch any items, that look out of place, and immediately call 911, so that the appropriate authorities can respond. And our thoughts and prayers go out to our students, staff and our community.”
Police have identified the shooting suspect as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year old student. They believe he dropped the explosives in and around the school before carrying out the attack.
The suspect, who was part of the junior varsity football team, was reportedly armed with at least one rifle or shotgun.
Pagourtzis has been taken into custody, and police believe he is the lone gunman responsible for the mass shooting.
Another student has been identified as a person of interest by police, and was also taken into custody for questioning.
Filipino Americans who live close to Santa Fe high school were deeply concerned of this latest school tragedy.
Students and parents expressed their concerns.
Social media accounts that appear to have belonged to the suspect were taken down following the shooting, but it showed photos of various firearms and a t-shirt with the words “Born to Kill.”