SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING 10 dead, 10 injured in shooting at Santa Fe High School

May 18, 2018 in News by D


Source: KTRK


A 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation’s deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida that gave rise to a campaign by teens for gun control.

The suspect was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis

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The suspected shooter, who was in custody on murder charges, also had explosive devices, including a Molotov cocktail, that were found in the school and nearby, said Gov. Greg Abbott, who called the assault “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”

Authorities offered no immediate motive for the shooting. The governor said the assailant intended to kill himself but gave up and told police that he did not have the courage to take his own life.

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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. Acquaintances described him as quiet and unassuming, an avid video game player who routinely wore a black trench coat and black boots to class.

The suspect used a shotgun and .38-revolver obtained from his father, who owned them legally, Abbott said. It was not clear whether the father knew his son had taken them.
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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales brief media on the shooting at Santa Fe HS

“Eventually it was going to happen here”

“It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like that eventually it was going to happen here too,” Santa Fe student Paige Curry said. “I don’t know. I wasn’t surprised. I was just scared.”


A Santa Fe High School student said she wasn’t surprised by a mass shooting at her Texas school.

Governor Abbott also confirmed during a press conference Friday afternoon that 10 people were wounded in the shooting.

The wounded included a school police officer who was the first to confront the suspectand got shot in the arm.

Michael Farina, 17, said he was on the other side of campus when the shooting began and thought it was a fire drill. He was holding a door open for special education students in wheelchairs when a principal came bounding down the hall and telling everyone to run. Another teacher yelled out, “It is real!”

Students were led to take cover behind a car shop across the street from the school. Some still did not feel safe and began jumping the fence behind the shop to run even farther away, Farina said.

“I debated doing that myself,” he said.

Witnesses say the shooting took place in an art class on campus between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Students were evacuated from the building, and backpacks were searched before they were transported to Alamo Gym at 13306 Highway 6 to be reunited with their parents.
VIDEO: Students escorted out by law enforcement


Santa Fe High School students being escorted out by officers after active shooter incident

“We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, ‘Start running,'” student Leila Butler said.

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Santa Fe High School student Leila Butler talks to ABC13 about the active shooter on campus.

President Donald Trump offered his condolences amid the tragedy.


President Trump gives remarks on the Santa Fe High School shooting.

Donald J. Trump


We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever…

Friday’s assault was the deadliest in Texas since a man with a semi-automatic rifle attacked a rural church late last year, killing more than two dozen people.

Santa Fe is roughly 36 miles outside of Houston. According to the Texas Education Agency, the high school enrollment is about 1,400 students.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.