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Texas governor: 10 killed, 10 wounded in school shooting

People embrace 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, Texas. ( Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)

A sheriff says the 17-year-old suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzi, in the fatal shooting of at least 10 people at his Houston-area high school is being held on a capital murder charge.

Friday a judge denied bond for Pagourtzi. This was Pagourtzis' first court appearance via closed circuit video from the Galveston County Jail. The judge also took Pagourtzis' application for a court-appointed attorney. He did not enter a plea at the hearing.

Pagourtzi posted an image on Facebook of himself wearing a "Born to Kill" shirt and used his father's shotgun and pistol in the attack, authorities said Friday. A motive wasn't immediately clear. It is not known whether the father knew his son had taken them. Authorities urged parents nationwide to lock away their guns to keep them away from children. Gov. Greg Abbott said both weapons were owned legally by the suspect's father.

That same Facebook profile described Pagourtzis as planning to enter the U.S. Marine Corps next year, but the Marine Corps told The Associated Press it has reviewed its records and found no one by that name as either a recruit or a person in their delayed entry pool.

The governor also told the press the early investigation showed no prior criminal history for Pagourtzis — no arrests and no confrontations with law enforcement.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said in a statement that the student Pagourtzis, is being held without bond in the Galveston County jail.

Abbott said 10 people were killed and 10 more wounded during Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Abbott called Friday's shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."

He says explosive devices including a molotov cocktail that had been found in the suspected shooter's home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.

The governor says the suspect originally intended to commit suicide but gave himself up and told authorities that he didn't have the courage to take his own life.

Abbott said there are "one or two" other people of interest being interviewed about the shooting.

The Associated Press reached out to the phone at a number associated with the Pagourtzis family, the woman who answered the phone declined to speak with the AP.

She said: "Give us our time right now, thank you."

Pagourtzis plays on the Santa Fe High School junior varsity football team, and is a member of a dance squad with a local Greek Orthodox church.

Of the 10 wounded, one man is in critical condition and undergoing surgery at the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the upper arm, according to Dr. David Marshall the chief nursing officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch in nearby Galveston.

It wasn't immediately clear if the man is the wounded officer.

Two other victims are being treated for gunshot wounds to their legs. Hospital spokesman Raul Reyes says one of those is believed to be a student. The other is a middle-aged woman.

Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzalez Harris County said there "could be 8 to 10 fatalities" from the shooting Friday morning at Santa Fe High School. Gonzalez added that the majority of the dead were students.

The sheriff said one person is in custody and a second person has been detained.

CNN reported that the 17-year-old male suspect in custody was a student at the school.

Authorities have confirmed that possible explosive devices were found both on and off of the school's campus. There's no indication how many devices have been found. Police asked the public to "remain vigilant" and to call 911 if they see any suspicious items in the area.

The Santa Fe Independent School District said in a statement Friday that authorities are in the process of rendering the devices safe.

President Donald Trump recently tweeted about the shooting saying early reports were not looking good.

During an event at the White House Trump told the press that school shootings have been going on for "too long."

Friday afternoon the president then issued a presidential proclamation requesting flags over the White House and other federal buildings and entities to be flown at at half-staff until May 22.

"As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 22, 2018," the proclamation stated.

First lady Melania Trump is also weighing on Twitter. She says, "My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today."

Vice President Mike Pence says he and President Donald Trump have been briefed on the school shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston.

Pence said the students, families, teachers and all those affected should know: "'We're with you. You're in our prayers and I know you are in the prayers of the American people."

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on social media that he is on his way to the Santa Fe High School and will receive a briefing.

Assistant Principal Cris Richardson confirms that an active shooter was on campus at Santa Fe High School. She said the shooter has since been "arrested and secured."

The school district issued a statement saying injures have been confirmed but no details would be immediately released.

School officials said law enforcement officers were working to secure the building "and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location."

Students from the high school are being transported to another location to reunite with their parents.

"We hope the worst is over and I really can't say any more about that because it would be pure speculation," Richardson told media outlets at the scene.

One student told Houston television station KTRK in a telephone interview that a gunman came into her first-period art class and started shooting. The student said she saw one girl with blood on her leg as the class evacuated the room.

"We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, 'Start running,'" the student told the television station.

The student said she didn't get a good look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.

Another student inside the school says he was near the art classroom where the shooting took place.

Eighteen-year-old Logan Roberds says he heard a fire alarm at Santa Fe High School and went outside. He says he then heard two loud bangs, which he didn't initially think were gunshots. He says he thought someone loudly hit a trash can.

But he later heard three loud bangs. He says, "that's when the teachers told us to run." He says he ran with other students to a nearby gas station. His mother says she quickly drove to meet her son.

Aerial footage from the scene showed students standing in a grassy field and three life-flight helicopters landing at the school.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to a shooting at the school.

There was a large law enforcement response to the same school in February when it was placed on lockdown after students and teachers said they heard "popping sounds." Santa Fe police swept the campus but found no threat.

Santa Fe is a city of about 13,000 residents, located 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

This story is ongoing we will continue to update you as the story develops. Circa has contributed to this report.


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