The suspect has been identified as a 17-year-old male student from the school. US President Donald Trump has expressed “sadness and heartbreak” over the incident.
A gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, killing 10 people, including students.
The incident is the latest in a series of shootings at US schools and universities. In February, a gunman killed 17 students and staff members at a Florida high school, intensifying a national debate over gun control and gun rights.
What we know so far
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed the casualties, saying 10 people were dead and 10 more wounded in the shooting at the school in Santa Fe, around 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Houston.
- Abbott said the suspect and two other people have been taken into custody.
- The suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He has been charged with murder.
- The boy is suspected of using his father’s shotgun and pistol.
- The governor said explosive devices including a Molotov cocktail had been found in the suspect’s home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.
- Abbott said the assailant used a shotgun and .38-revolver he obtained from his father, who legally owned both the weapons.
- The governor said the suspect originally intended to commit suicide but gave himself up as he didn’t have the courage to take his own life.
- Pagourtzis had recently posted a picture of him wearing a “Born to Kill” t-shirt on his Facebook page.
- Shots broke out at about 8 a.m. local time (1300 GMT) shortly after the start of school.
Trump expresses ‘heartbreak’
US President Donald Trump expressed “sadness and heartbreak” over the incident.
Trump described the incident as “absolutely horrific” and said, “This has been going on too long in our country.”
“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves, and to others,” he added.
Vice President Mike Pence said he and the president were monitoring the situation.
Governor Abbott called Friday’s shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”
Mass shootings: The United States, where the right to bear arms is enshrined in the constitution, has struggled with gun violence for decades. The country has seen more than 100 mass shootings, with nearly 130 killed this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that tracks gun violence incidents. It classifies mass shootings as events in which four or more people were shot at around the same time and place.
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