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Shooting Incident at Santa Fe High School
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, May 18, 2018

Santa Fe High School was the scene of a shooting incident today.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, which included the placement of explosive devices at the campus and other areas.

The school was evacuated and residents asked to call 911 if they encountered suspicious items.

The FBI is asking that those with video, images, or information call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit the FBI Texas City Office at 600 Gulf Freeway.

One suspect is in custody, as well as a suspect of interest. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspect, was charged with capital murder. Report

Multiple agencies were on site to support the district, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations, ATF, DPS and other first responders.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, United States Senator Ted Cruz, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Galveston County Judge Mark Henry held a news conference to provide an update on the incident. Other public safety officials, including Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division of the FBI, and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw.  Listen (30:45)

Abbott reported that 10 people had been killed, and that another 10 were injured. He also reported that the guns used in the incident were a shotgun and a 38 caliber revolver. He stated that the weapons were not owned by the shooter, but believed to belong to his father. It was not confirmed if the father had knowledge of the shooter's possession of the weapons.

"It's impossible to describe the magnitude of the evil of someone who would attack innocent children in a school," Abbott said.

Abbott ordered flags be flown at half-staff following the shooting. Several officials issued statements on the incident:

"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," said Superintendent Dr. Leigh Wall.

Other officials issuing statements included Manvel Mayor Debra Davison, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas Senator Larry Taylor and United States Senator John Cornyn.

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