10 people killed in Santa Fe high school shooting in Texas, suspect held
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10 people killed in Santa Fe high school shooting in Texas, suspect held

Law enforcement officials were responding to reports of an active shooter at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday morning.

world Updated: May 19, 2018 07:42 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Washington, Hindustan Times
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Law enforcement officers respond to Santa Fe High School after an active shooter was reported on campus, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP)

About ten people were killed and several injured in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas Friday morning. Police said they had one suspect in custody and one in detention, both students of the school.

Harris county sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the number of fatalities could range between eight and 10, and most of them were children. One police officer was also injured.

Some news outfits reported the toll was 10 — nine students and one adult.

AP reported that one of the persons in custody in the shooting was identified by a law enforcement official as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who plays in the school’s junior football team and is a member of a dance squad with a local Greek Orthodox church.

Explosive devices were found on school campus and around it, said law enforcement officials but did not describe them. Media reports indicate law enforcement had zeroed in on a trailer vehicle where the devices were put together.

There was no information on the suspect’s (or suspects’) motivation or the weapons used. Students spoke of a shotgun, but authorities have refused to confirm or deny these accounts saying it’s too early.

Shooting started at around 7:45, just as the first period of the school got under way. Students have said they first heard the fire alarm go off and shooting started when they got of their classes.

“Nobody knew what to do,” a weeping student named Dakota Shrader told NBC News’s local affiliate KPRC. “There was nothing we could do but run.”

President Donald Trump called the shooting a “horrific attack” and expressed frustration that “this has been going on too long in our country. Too many years. Too many decades now”.

He went on to say his administration was committed to “protect our students”, “secure our schools” and prevent weapons from falling into the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and those around them.

This was the 22nd school shooting in the United States in 2018 alone, and came just weeks after the February 14 shooting at a Florida high school in which 17 students and member of staff were gunned down by a former student of the school. It had triggered a fresh wave of demands for common-sense gun reforms in the country, this time led by students.

But not much changed, noted David Hogg one of the student survivors of the Florida school shooting. “Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms,” he wrote on Twitter Friday.

Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter in the Florida shooting, wrote on Twitter: “This has been my fear since February 14th, that another mass casualty shooting would happen before we did anything. Now, we have 8 more children dead and our leadership in Washington has done nothing. We do not need thoughts and prayers, we need action and we need it now.”

First Published: May 18, 2018 20:06 IST