Santa Fe High School Shooting Live Updates: Shooter Reported in Santa Fe, Texas

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. ET— Suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis was booked into Galveston County Jail on Capital Murder with no bond, KTRK's Erica Simon reported. There may be additional charges.

SUSPECT MUG: Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been booked into the Galveston County Jail; is being held on Capital Murder with no bond. Additional charges may follow. #SantaFeSchoolShooting

— Erica Simon (@EricaOnABC13) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 3:24 p.m. ET— The University of Texas Medical Branch confirmed that John Barnes is the adult male patient listed in critical condition following the shooting, Houston Chronicle's Jacob Carpenter reported. Barnes is a recently retired Houston Police Department detective who went on to work with Santa Fe ISD Police.

UTMB Hospital officials confirm John Barnes is their adult male patient listed in critical condition after Santa Fe High School shooting. Houston Police Department union leaders have said Barnes is a recently retired HPD detective who went to work for Santa Fe ISD police.

— Jacob Carpenter (@ChronJacob) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 3:04 p.m. ET— Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that 10 people were killed and 10 more were injured in what he called a "heinous attack" on Texas schools. "We mourn with them. We mourn as fellow Texans," he said.

Abbott also announced that he will launch roundtable discussions on gun control.

"We need to do more than just pray for the victims and the families. It's time, in Texas, that we take action. To step up and make sure that this tragedy is never repeated ever again in the history of the state of Texas," the governor said. Abbott maintained the need to protect the Second Amendment rights.

Abbott provided information about the suspected shooter. According to journals that authorities found, the suspected shooter planned the attack and also planned to commit suicide. The suspect gave himself up and is now at Sante Fe Police Department.

Authorities had search warrants to search two residences. The governor said law enforcement were delayed in carrying out those search warrants due to the potential of explosive devices. A CO2 and Molotov cocktail were among the explosive devices that were found.

The suspect used two weapons, a shotgun and 38 revolver, which were legally purchased by his father. It is "unclear" if the suspect's father knew his son had taken the weapons.

UPDATE: 2:12 p.m. ET— Law enforcement officials confirmed that 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is in custody in connection to the school shooting, The Associated Press reported.

BREAKING: Law enforcement official identifies person in custody in Texas school shooting as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

— The Associated Press (@AP) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 12:51 p.m. ET— The University of Texas Medical Branch issued an update on three patients transported to the hospital.

  • Patient 1: A male with a gunshot wound to the arm is in the operating room and is in critical condition.
  • Patient 2: A male under 18 years old has a gunshot wound to the leg and likely will not need an operation. He remains in the pediatric unit.
  • Patient 3: A middle-aged female has a gunshot wound to the leg and is in the operating room.
A Life Flight helicopter takes off from Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. Bob Levey/Getty Images

UPDATE: 12:46 p.m. ET— Officials said that explosives devices have been found in the high school and the surrounding area. "Because of the threat of explosive items, community members should be on the look-out for suspicious packages and anything that looks out of place," Santa Fe ISD said.

Do not touch any items out of place and call 911 as we have agencies that can respond. Our thoughts and prayers are with our students, staff and our community. Please pray for our Santa Fe ISD community. #SantaFeISD

— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 12:32 p.m. ET— The Sante Fe ISD police chief told reporters that the campus has been cleared of students and staff. Students and staff are now at the unification site, which is the Alamo Gym located at 13306 Highway 6.

Authorities confirmed multiple fatalities, believed to be fewer than 10. Injured students and staff were taken to local hospitals. At least six people were transported, including an ISD police officer who was shot.

One suspect is in custody and a person of interest has been detained. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Fe ISD command center at 409-927-3310.

Multiple agencies, including the FBI, ATF, Texas Department of Public Safety, local law enforcement agencies and first responders, are on the scene.

Dr. Superintendent Leigh Wall:
It is with great sadness that I stand here to share with you that we experienced an unthinkable tragedy at our high school this morning. We are grieving the loss of members of our SFISD family. #SantaFeISD

— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 12:21 p.m. ET— Santa Fe Independent School District has confirmed that "possible explosive devices" have been located on campus and off school grounds.

"Possible explosive devices have been located at the school and off campus. Law enforcement is in the process of rendering them safe. School has been evacuated. Call 911 if you see any suspicious item," the school district tweeted.

UPDATE: 12:06 p.m. ET— KPRC2 journalist Jake Reiner reported that Highway 6 has been blocked off. A Harris County deputy told Reiner that "there's a bomb" at a house that has been surrounded by law enforcement.

#BREAKING: highway 6 blocked off (3 miles NW of #SantaFeHigh) because @HCSOTexas deputy told me “there’s a bomb” at a house law enforcement has surrounded. Bomb techs on scene. @KPRC2

— Jake Reiner (@Reiner_Jake) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 12:01 p.m. ET— Several survivors and family members of students killed in the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have shared messages for the victims of the Santa Fe shooting.

Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.

— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 18, 2018

My heart is so heavy for the students of Santa Fe High School. It’s an all too familiar feeling no one should have to experience. I am so sorry this epidemic touched your town - Parkland will stand with you now and forever.

— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) May 18, 2018

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.

— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 18, 2018

To everyone at Santa Fe high school ,I hope youre safe, I’m so sorry this is happening, and I’m so sorry that it continues to one should be in the situation that youre all currently in. Im not going to say thoughts and prayers but instead policy and action

— Sarah Chadwick (@Sarahchadwickk) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 11:49 a.m. ET— Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales confirmed that 8-10 people were killed in the school shooting. The marjority of those killed were students, Gonzales said.

In comments to the press, President Trump said, "We're closely monitoring the situation and federal authorities are coordinating with local officials. This has been going on too long in our country."

"Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded," the president added.

UPDATE: 11:23 a.m. ET— President Donald Trump has commented on the shooting in a post on Twitter. "School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!" the president wrote.

School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence also offered prayers for those affected by the shooting.

To the students, families, teachers of Santa Fe High School, all of those affected and the entire community: We are with you, you are in our prayers, and you're in the prayers of the American people.

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 18, 2018

The University of Texas Medical Branch announced that three people, two adults and one person under 18, were taken to the hospital. The hospital said one person is in surgery, one in the emergency room and another has been admitted to the hospital.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales said that one suspect is in custody and a second has been detained.

One is in custody, a second one detained. An injured police officer is being treated, the extent of his injuries are unknown.

— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 11:01 a.m. ET— Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed that there are "multiple casualties" at Santa Fe High School. Officials have not confirmed how many people have been injured or killed.

On the scene now. No longer an active situation. Personnel treating the injured. Info is still preliminary, but there are multiple casualties. @HCSOTexas is on the scene with other law enforcement assisting in the search of the school.

— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 10:33 a.m. ET— The Santa Fe Independent School District (ISD) announced the situation at the high school remained active "but has been contained," in a new message.

"This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries. Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location. All other campuses are operating under their regular schedules," the school district said on its website.

UPDATE: 10:24 a.m. ET— The Santa Fe ISD has confirmed an "unspecified number of people have been injured" in the shooting, the Associated Press reported.

The school district also said students are being transported to the Alamo Gym at 13306 Highway 6, where they can reunite with their parents.

From Santa Fe ISD: Students from the high school are being transported by SFISD transportation to the Alamo Gym located at 13306 Highway 6. Parents may reunite with their students at this location. @abc13houston

— Marla Carter (@MarlaABC13) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 10:16 a.m. ET— The shooter at Santa Fe High School "has been arrested and secured," the school's assistant principal confirmed.

BREAKING: Assistant principal says shooter at Texas high school "has been arrested and secured," no comment on possible injuries.

— The Associated Press (@AP) May 18, 2018

UPDATE: 10:06 a.m. ET— The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, Galveston County Sheriff's Office, Harris County Sheriff's Office and ATF agents have responded to the incident.

Shooting incident reported at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County. We have @HCSOTexas units enroute to assist. Large police presence, please avoid the area. #hounews #lesm

— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) May 18, 2018

Life Flight was also called to the scene, but there are no updates on injuries or victims, KTRK reported.

Original Story: Police are responding to reports of an active shooter at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday morning, the school district confirmed.

"This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The district has initiated a lockdown at the high school. We will send out additional information as soon as it is available," the Santa Fe Independent School District (ISD) announced on its website.

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Santa Fe Police told Newsweek that it is an "active situation" and that there are officers on scene. The school is located at 16000 Highway 6 in Santa Fe, which is south of Houston.

Witnesses told KTRK that the shooting took place in an art class between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. One student told the news station that she witnessed a gunman shoot a girl. No injuries have been officially confirmed.

Dickinson Independent School District, which neighbors Santa Fe ISD, announced it has gone into "protective mode."

"We're currently in protect mode as a precaution because of reports of a shooting at Santa Fe HS. Doors are locked & personnel are stationed at outer doors to let people in and out. No students allowed outside of building. Field trips are postponed until we go off of protect mode," Dickinson ISD wrote on Twitter.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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