Santa Fe High School shooter in custody, identified

Police officers responded to Santa Fe High School around 8 a.m. CDT after reports that a shooter opened fire inside. The Texas high school student unleashed a hail of bullets inside one of his classes early Friday morning, killing up to 10 people and wounding another 10, police said.

Law enforcement also told Fox News that explosive devices were found at the school.

Fox News further stated:

A school resource officer was shot and injured and another officer was also injured in the incident, CBS News reported.

The chief nursing officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch told reporters the center received two adult patients and one person under 18 years old.

Galveston County Sheriff’s Maj. Douglas Hudson said units responded to reports of shots fired. Witnesses say a gunman opened fire inside an art class during the first period. A 17-year-old student told Fox News her friend was shot in the leg.

“We all thought it was practice drill and we all started kind of running and laughing across the street, hiding behind the auto place. At that point, they had us starting to write our names on papers showing that we were there… and they had us walking over…,” Destiny Clark, a junior, said as she pointed to stores. “It was very dramatic. Nobody really knew what was going on.”

Two seniors at the school told KHOU 11 their friend pulled the fire alarm after spotting the shooter and urged other students to run. They also said they saw an injured female student.

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According to the Associated Press, police identified the shooter as 17-yr-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis and, Fox added, a second suspect — also a student — has been detained.

Photos obtained by Facebook users and the Gateway Pundit show Pagourtzis had posted a t-shirt on April 30, 2018, that said, “Born to Kill.” In another post, Pagourtzis shows his jacket insignia and explained the insignia as:

Duster Hammer and Sickle = Rebellion

Rising Sun = Kamikaze Tactics

Iron Cross = Bravery

Baphomet = Evil

Cthulhu = Power

Pagourtzis’ Facebook page has since been taken down.

President Trump spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to “offer his condolences to those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School,” an official told Fox News.

Gov. Abbott ordered flags in Texas lowered half-staff in memory of those killed in Friday’s shooting.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it was also on the scene. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted early Friday that he arrived at the school to assist officers with the Galveston County Sheriff Office.

Santa Fe is a city of about 13,000 residents, located 30 miles southeast of Houston.

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