SANTA FE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities in southeast Texas responded to Santa Fe High School on Friday morning after reports of an active shooter on the campus. The situation erupted shortly before 8 a.m. at the high school, located between Houston and Galveston, and at least ten people are dead and ten were wounded.

Law enforcement confirmed the suspect in custody is 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

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17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis

Eleventh grade student Christopher Kurrass told CBS11 News Pagourtzis wasn’t an outsider but he wasn’t a really popular student either.

“He was actually a pretty nice kid,” said Kurrass, who was working on school project in his first period class when the fire alarm went off. “Nobody was expecting this… nobody.”

Governor Greg Abbott confirmed Pagourtzis used a shotgun and .38 revolver in the shooting that belonged to his father.

Investigators also found information online and in Pagourtzis’ personal belongings that shed light on his state of mind.

“We also know information already that the shooter has information contained in his journal and cellphone that he said that not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting. As you probably know, he gave himself up and admitted at the time that he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide that he wanted to take his own life earlier,” said Abbott.

According to assistant principal Dr. Cris Richardson a second person was detained, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, but that individual’s connection to the shooting has not been released.

Police have not released the name of the 18-year-old student who was detained.

“The campus has been cleared of all students and staff members,” said Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun.

Leila Butler is a student at the school. She told KTRK-TV in Houston that fire alarms went off and students exited from their classrooms. That is when some students reported hearing gunfire. Butler was sheltered with teachers and other students near the campus when she spoke with the television station.

“As soon as the alarms went off, everybody just started running outside,” said student Dakota Shrader. “And next thing you know, everybody looked and you hear ‘boom, boom, boom,’ and I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest floor so I could hide, and I called my mom.”

Other witnesses told KTRK-TV that the shooting happened in an art class, and one student told the television station that a girl was shot. “There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting,” the student said, “and this girl got shot in the leg.” That student did not get a good look at the shooter, because she was running to hide.

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(credit: KTRK-TV)

“A kid came out. He had a black-like trench coat on, a sawed-off shotgun with a pistol grip, and I seen something sharp on his chest,” recalled student Damon Rabon. “Then, he turned, and instead of looking our way, he just grabbed the backpack and went right back into the art room.”

“We shut the door in our classroom, turned off all the lights, did everything we could to get the students safe,” continued Rabon. “Then, the teacher actually ran and pulled the fire alarm, because we had no service to call 911 to let anyone know that there was a shooter.”

Tyler Turner knows the person who pulled the fire alarm. “He saw a guy walking with a gun, so he pulled the fire alarm,” the student said. Turner reported hearing seven gunshots before running to a nearby car wash and meeting his mother. Turner also saw a girl with a bandage around her kneecap get taken away by firefighters.

Another student told KTRK-TV that he heard as many as 15 to 20 gunshots.

“I heard so many people saying there were gunshots and that people were dead,” added student Megan Hunter.

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(credit: KTRK-TV)

A police officer with the Santa Fe ISD Police Department is among the wounded.

Paul Reyes is a spokesperson for UTMB. He explained that three people are being treated at his hospital. That includes the officer in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his arm, a middle-aged female who is in good condition with a gunshot wound to her leg, and a 16-year-old male who is also in good condition with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Dr. David Marshall, chief nursing officer with UTMB, spoke to the media Friday afternoon. He turned visibly emotional when speaking about this incident. “There are a lot of personal feelings that people are having,” Marshall said. “As the father of a 16-year-old at Friendswood High School, this hurts.”

Another eight students were being treated at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, said medical director Dr. Safi Madain, all suffering gunshot wounds. Six of those patients have already been discharged, and one is in fair condition. Meanwhile, two more patients were treated at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. They have already been released.

CNN reported that Pagourtzis was also among the injured. Investigators have no record of him purchasing any guns.

President Donald Trump addressed the Santa Fe shooting before a speech on Friday morning. “This has been going on too long in our country, too many years, too many decades now,” he stated. “We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack to the students, families, teachers and personnel.”

“We’re with you in this tragic hour, and will be with you forever,” the President added.

Cameras caught children limping away from the school building. Police officers could be seen escorting a line of students away from the campus. Kids were handing backpacks over to authorities. Teachers were loading children into school buses and taking them to the school district’s Alamo Gym to meet up with parents.

A statement from the Santa Fe Independent School District said that the campus was involved in an active shooter incident and had been placed into lockdown. Although the suspect has been taken into custody, law enforcement officials continue to conduct an investigation inside of the building.

The school district and police later confirmed that authorities found suspicious devices in and around the campus. “There have been explosive devices found in the high school and surrounding area adjacent to the high school,” Braun said Friday morning. “Community members should be on the lookout for any suspicious items.”

Law enforcement sources told CBS News that the devices included pressure cookers and pipe bombs.

“It is with great sadness that I stand here today to share with you that we experienced an unthinkable tragedy at our high school this morning,” said Dr. Leigh Wall with the Santa Fe ISD on Friday morning. “We are grieving the loss of members of our Santa Fe ISD family.”

Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered Texas flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of those who died in Friday’s shooting.

This is the third school shooting in eight days, and the 22nd in the United States since the beginning of the year. An attack in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead in February, and ignited a larger push for gun control as surviving teens launched a national grassroots movement calling for reform.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings had harsh words for federal lawmakers who have been commenting on the Sante Fe shooting, which he shared in a Friday morning tweet. “History will not look kindly upon those elected officials who failed to act in the face of repeated mass murders of our children,” he said. “Spare us your thoughts and prayers and do your job.”

KTRK-TV reported that a similar incident happened at this same campus back in February. Students then reported hearing popping sounds coming from outside of the school building. Police were called to the high school, but determined that the situation was a false alarm.

Pagourtzis is being held on Capital Murder with no bond. Additional charges may follow, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Comments (53)
  1. Susan Leeth says:

    Terrible that schoolchildren have to worry about this. Words fail me. SO many homicidal maniacs in this country. I would put my kids in a good private school if at all possible.

    1. As as a parent of kids now in their late 40s I would never consider putting my kids in the cesspools called “public schools.” Think about it there are no standards of behavior and everyone is welcome. What could possibly go wrong?

      Today these cesspools are denying kids both their past and their future. The radicals running these leftist indoctrination camps call out kids as criminals because of their race, heap disgrace on our great American heritage, and tell these kids they have no future; the real message of environmental extremists and priest of the climate cult. Nihilism is running amok in our schools and parents send their kids to them like docile sheep.

      Guns aren’t killing these kids; the public schools are. .

    2. beefrank says:

      Home school is an excellent option.

    3. burnet1187 says:

      Good private schools may be the next target to deranged, poorly brought up, drug riddled, kids whose parents have not properly secured their firearms.

      1. How likely is it that parents who sacrifice and pay huge expenses for private educations (after already having been taxed for government-run schools) are going to be detached, derelict, irresponsible parents? Your argument is hollow.

  2. chicocdm says:

    Another deranged left-wing Darwinist. He posted an image of himself wearing a gay pride heart pin on his peace sign hat above his communist lapel pin. Who taught him how to make bombs!?

    1. Yep..another Hilary Clinton supporter SMH

  3. Jim Alfirov says:

    CBS why do you lie about the number of school shootings? The number 22 includes a BB gun, an accidental discharge during a safety class, and half a dozen shooting at apartments or dorms on campus. Not exactly the holocaust you’re attempting to make it out to be. Tell the truth and quit with the fake news.

    1. chicocdm says:

      Deception and violence are the virtues of the left. This shooter was also a darwinian leftist – look at the image above the note the gay pride lapel pin.

    2. The Liberal MSM “News” admitting they are propagandists:

      “We are going to impose our agenda on the coverage, by dealing with issues and subjects that we choose to deal with.” – Richard Cohen, Senior Producer, CBS Political News

      “Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.” -Richard Salant, former president of CBS News

      ‘Our Job’ Is to Control ‘Exactly What People Think’: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”- MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski

      Thomas Jefferson was right:

      “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” -Thomas Jefferson

  4. potvin99 says:

    Who says today’s youngsters aren’t motivated?

  5. No cell phone service? Something stinks here.

  6. Where is Mr. Hogg in all of this? He should be conducting interviews by now.

  7. The shooters just building resume to apply for Israeli snipers

  8. Doug Weiss says:

    notice a similarity here and it is not the weapon it is the young mass murderer. What have we done to our children???

    1. ‘WE’ have done NOTHING. It is upon those who allow their offspring to grow and conduct such atrocious acts. It all starts at the family level – no mother, no father, no discipline, no boundaries, no rules, no knowledge of respect and manners = a broken home thus, the broken child.

  9. Stewart Carr says:

    NEVER PULL FIRE ALARM DURING AND ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION! You just open the doors for more casualties!

  10. Tim Stewart says:

    The common denominator here is kids with no respect for life. It’s not guns, it’s society! From violent video games, to gory violent movies, to the mass slaughter of innocents! We have a huge problem here.

  11. When God-based morals are not taught and the fear of hell is not instilled, students have no ultimate incentives to be good. Man-made incentives will never be sufficient.

  12. We just spent three days in DC where we went thru metal detectors in every single building we visited – including the Holocaust Museum Cafe separate from the museum. Cut the fat and fund the schools to accommodate this NOW!

  13. Can you at least fix the headline to spell the name of the city correctly? It is Santa Fe (not Sante Fe)

  14. Bob Conway says:

    Pressure-cooker and pipe bombs?
    Dear Lord, thank You for not letting those go off.

  15. tngilmer says:

    Before we start the usual ritual of the left wanting to ban guns and calling the right Nazis and the right defending guns and calling the left Communists, I have a question I would like answered. You travel to any Federal Courthouse in the USA and you cannot enter the building until you have been looked over by several armed individuals and you pass through a metal dectector and have your parcels and effects x-rayed. When did we as a society determine that the lives and safety of Federal Judges and their employees were MORE important than the lives of school children? When did you last see a shooting like this at a Federal Courthouse?

  16. Like the last school shooter, he was a multi faceted killer with bombs. NRA does not advocate for bombs, or vehicles or knives. Teachers need to pack.

  17. Jim Ray says:

    If these shootings were done by girls, how would the conversation be different? I believe we would all be asking “what are our schools doing that fails our young women.” Why don’t we ask what the schools are doing that causes so many boys to strip their gears?

  18. Take his picture down now and stop naming him. This is a copycat shooter, and with this sensationalized coverage, only more will be created.

  19. beefrank says:

    Plenty of warning signs on social media. You think wearing a trench coat in 90 degree humid weather to school is normal?

  20. Until we outlaw and confiscate pipes and pressure cookers, more innocent people will die.

  21. Alan Noel says:

    Lots of pictures that prove nothing. Just more government staged fakery.

  22. But, but, it’s the NRA’s fault, right?

  23. Steve Hollar says:

    This sort of thing was unheard of when I was in school in the 50s and 60s. So what has changed? It’s clear to me this is has come about because of the total takeover of our education system by leftists/progressive/communists. Today’s kids are not equipped to deal with the real world because of their safe spaces, participation trophies, and constantly being told how bad America is. I’m not sure how, but these people need to be removed from these kid’s lives.

  24. More children dead because Leftists academics will not get serious about armed security in schools, and lemmings continue to enable and empower their evil agenda. One “resource officer” on a massive High School campus is a sick joke. At our own community school, one kid watching people go in through an unsecured door, right passed the “Gun Free Zone” sign, is another bad joke and another slaughter waiting to happen.

    Disarming the law-abiding will not fix this; Mexico is an excellent example of that sort of emotion-driven illogic.
    It isn’t about “spending the money;” the evil and corrupt people in Academe and media have decided that a few dead kids is a small price to finally disarm the smelly peasants; were it not so, they would have implemented simple and effective solutions long ago. They haven’t because to do so would remove this huge tool they can use to herd the lemmings onto their Vote Plantation. Dead kids buys the Left huge political power. “Blood for power” is a game as old as Mankind. When The Left finally has your grand children thralling for their Imperial Elite ala “The Hunger Games,” remember I told you so. Won’t be so funny then.

  25. clayusmcret says:

    I’m sorry, parents, but if your son is regularly wearing a full length leather coat to school in those temps, you need to take him in for evaluation.

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