On the 18th of May, another mass shooting tragedy has taken place at a US High School in Southwest Texas, about 20 miles from Galveston. At this point, there is little solid information. It is Sante Fe High School.
There was a quick press conference by police where there was confirmation of at least 10 fatalities (9 students and 1 teacher) while many were transported from the scene to local hospitals for trauma care.
(KPRC)Student witnesses said there was a fire drill after 8 am local time, then there were sounds like someone kicking a trash can. Some heard what they thought were gun shots but others claimed the sounds were from explosives. Then the students heard teachers, yelling at them to evacuate and that the danger was for real.
There has been one student and one person of interest taken into custody by police.
There are reports about two guns having been found along with some pipe bombs.One was a hand gun, one was a shot gun.
As per a News 5 cleveland.com report:
At least eight people — and as many as 10 — have died as a result of a shooting Friday morning at a high school in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.
“This is the third school shooting in the past seven days, and the 22nd since the beginning of the year in the United States.”
“A male suspect, believed to be a student, has been arrested in the shooting at Santa Fe High School, about 20 miles outside Galveston, Gonzalez said.” The suspect has been identified as Dimitrios Pagoutzis.
“Most of the dead are students, the sheriff said.”
The Santa Fe Police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all responded to the scene.
“Witnesses described students running from the school as they heard gunshots; they also described hearing an alarm at the school, though the sequence of events wasn’t immediately clear.”
“An armed person walked into an art class at the school and began firing what looked like a shotgun, a witness told CNN affiliate KTRK.
“The witness told KTRK she saw a girl shot in the leg.”
“At least 12 people from the school are being treated at three hospitals, authorities said. Seven people are at Clear Lake Regional Medical in Webster, Texas; two patients are being treated at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City and three patients are at John Sealy University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.”
At least one police officer was injured, Gonzalez said.
“Aerial video from the scene showed several police officers outside the school. Some were searching students and their backpacks.”
Witnesses describe hearing an alarm and gunfire
“Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN she and her schoolmates were being evacuated at one point “like it’s a “fire drill.”
“We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” she said. “And then everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we’re all just running away.”
“I didn’t see anybody shooting, but like (the gunshots) were kind of spaced,” Angelica said, adding she heard about 4 shots.”
“The witness who spoke to KTRK also said she heard an alarm. She didn’t specify if that was before or after the gunfire she described in the art class.”
“She said she couldn’t describe the shooter.
“I didn’t look. I just ran,” she said.
“Another student, Dakota Shrader, told CNN affiliate KPRC that she heard gunshots only after hearing an alarm in the school.”
“I was in the history hallway, and as soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as … (a) practice fire drill,” Shrader said, breaking into tears. “And next thing you know, we just hear … 3 gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.”
“The entire school district is on lockdown, district officials said.”
“The high school has about 1,400 students, according to.”