log in to manage your profile and account
- Create your account
- Receive up-to-date newsletters
- Set up text alerts
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
SANTA FE, Texas — The suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting in Galveston County Texas was arraigned on capital murder and aggravated assault charges Friday in the deaths of 10 people and the wounding of a police officer.
Thirteen people were also injured in the massacre Friday morning at the high school in southeastern Texas, the FBI said Saturday.
Correction: 13 individuals were injured during yesterday's incident. https://t.co/kPi6ims7d6— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) May 19, 2018
The gunman was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, a student at the school. When he finally surrendered, nine students and one teacher had been killed.
Pagourtzis used two weapons in the attack on the school, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a shot gun and a .38-revolver, which belonged to his father.
The governor also confirmed a Molotov cocktail and “various other types of explosive devices” were found at the school and two other locations.
Mug shot of accused Santa Fe shooter pic.twitter.com/9YLZXSiZgd— Josh Hubbard (@JhubbsKHOU11) May 18, 2018
Authorities were interviewing two other people in connection with the shooting, but it’s unclear what part, if any, they played in the massacre.
Update May 20, 8:13 a.m. EST: The Galveston County Criminal District Attorney released the complete list of the people killed in the shooting, the Houston Chronicle reported. The teachers were identified as Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, 64. The students included Shana Fisher, 16; Angelique Ramirez, 15; Christopher Jake Stone, 17; Jared Black, 17; Christian Riley Garcia, 15; Sabika Sheikh; Aaron Kyle McLeod, 15; and Kimberly Vaughan.
Update May 19, 2:47 p.m. EST: Santa Fe High School students are being allowed to return to campus to pick up their cars and belongings left behind after Friday’s deadly shooting.
According to a post on the Santa Fe ISD Facebook page, students with cars are meeting officials at the junior high cafeteria between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. CST.
The school district states that students will not be allowed to go directly to the high school.
Update May 19, 2:14 p.m. EST: A teen who was shot in the leg during Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas is in good condition, according to a Twitter update from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
A woman in the intensive care unit (ICU) is in serious condition.
John Barnes, the student resource officer and former police officer, remains in critical condition.
Patients condition update: Under 18 patient is in GOOD condition. The female patient in ICU is in SERIOUS condition. The male patient remains in CRITICAL condition.— UTMB News (@utmbnews) May 19, 2018
Officials gathered Saturday afternoon at Santa Fe High School in an adjacent grassy lot.
According to KHOU, the Santa Fe Independent School District superintendent and Santa Fe mayor called for unity and peace.
We will pull together. We will grieve together. We did it after #Harvey and we’ll do it after this” Galveston County leader, who calls #SantaFe a “salt of the earth community” #khou11 pic.twitter.com/fwXwfk61ik— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) May 19, 2018
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said there were no new updates to the investigation, KHOU reports.
Update May 19, 11:40 a.m. ET: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an official statement on the death of Sibika Sheikh, the Pakistani exchange student who was one of the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting.
Update 10:30 p.m. ET: Three of the victims in the shooting massacre have now been identified, according to news reports. A substitute teacher, Ann Perkins, an exchange student, Sibika Sheikh and high school junior Chris Stone are among the victims killed in the rampage.
This is Sabika, she’s a friend of ours and she’s an exchange student from Pakistan. Today, she was killed in the school shooting of Santa Fe, Texas. I never took this personally but now I’m devastated and I think something should be done. This could be any of us. pic.twitter.com/raJ2KurL27— Boutaina (@Boutayn62531577) May 18, 2018
A tough update to bring you. @abc13houston has learned Chris Stone was one of the students killed at Santa Fe High School. His family shared these photos of him taken just the other week. He was a junior that was in art class this morning. pic.twitter.com/YV4JdeTniH— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) May 18, 2018
The FBI and ATF are still processing the scene in Santa Fe, using SWAT teams, bomb techs and K-9 teams to search for explosives investigators say the suspect planted around the school.
Update 7:20 p.m. ET: Santa Fe High School shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis made his first court appearance in court and was denied bond on capital murder and aggravated assault.
Update 6:15 p.m. ET: Police are searching homes and cars for more explosives related to the attack on the school, CNN reported.
Pagourtzis, who wanted to kill himself, but surrendered instead, according to authorities, allegedly built explosives and planned to use them in the attack.
Federal authorities in Texas, including the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are teaming up and scouring the crime scene at the school and surrounding locations, according to the FBI in Houston.
“The FBI Houston and ATF Houston are combining resources to meticulously process the scene,” the FBI said in a tweet.
#SantaFe High School and surrounding locations are and will remain a crime scene for some time. #FBIHouston and @ATFHou are combining resources to meticulously process the scene. Please avoid the area as this investigation continues. #HouNews— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) May 18, 2018
Update 5:15 p.m. ET: The suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of 10 people at the school Friday morning and aggravated assault of a peace officer for the shooting injury of school resource officer John Barnes, the Santa Fe Independent School District has confirmed. Pagourtzis is jailed without bond in the Galveston County Jail.
Schools superintendent Leigh Wall called the rampage “a terrible tragedy.
“Words cannot express the sorrow in our hearts for those we have lost,” Wall said in a statement posted on the district’s website.
“Our campus remains an active crime scene with law enforcement personnel from throughout our region supporting Santa Fe ISD Police Chief, Walter Braun.”
Wall also pledged to keep the community informed on developments in the investigation.
Update 4:10 p.m. ET: The school resource officer, John Barnes, who was wounded in the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School is in the operating room and is in critical condition, University of Texas Medical Branch officials said at an afternoon press conference.
Barnes was injured in the arm, according to Dr. David Marshall, shot in the elbow.
There are two other patients at the hospital, a middle aged woman and a young male, but both are still unidentified.
The female patient suffered a fractured leg bone and is now out of surgery.
The male suffered a gun shot to the leg and is listed in stable condition, Marshall said.
Seven other victims were transported to several other medical centers near Santa Fe.
3pm update on school shooting patients. https://t.co/lUXAK9MGXZ— UTMB News (@utmbnews) May 18, 2018
Update 3:15 p.m. ET: Governor Greg Abbott said during a press conference that Pagourtzis used two weapons, both of which were legally owned by his father, a shot gun and a .38-revolver. There are two persons of interest, one who is currently being interviewed by law enforcement and a second who will be.
Abbott says he plans to take action because people need to “do more than just pray for the victims and families. It’s time in Texas that we begin to take action to make sure this tragedy is not repeated ever again.” Abbott vowed to begin roundtable discussions next week to work on solutions to prevent shootings in the future. He plans to speak with anyone with a vested interest in stopping gun violence -- parents, students, those who want to support second amendment rights, safety personnel. He wants to address mental health to help prevent gun violence. He also said that the state needs to make sure schools have resources and can identify those who could pose a risk of violence.
According to Abbott, Pagourtzis had journals on his computer that outlined the attack and that he planned on committing suicide after the shooting.
Abbott also spoke to parents across the country telling them to “hold your children close tonight and let them know how much you love them.”
UTMB confirms that John Barnes is the man who is in critical condition. He is a recently retired detective who started working for the 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 2:33 p.m. ET: Police are talking to Pagourtzis. CNN is reporting he was injured in today’s shooting but did not say what injuries he suffered.
Law enforcement authorities are talking to the Texas school shooting suspect, who was injured, according to a law enforcement official. Investigators have not found the suspect in the system for purchasing hand guns. @cnnbrk— AnneClaire Stapleton (@AnneClaireCNN) May 18, 2018
Update 2:17 p.m. ET: A second person is now in custody in connection with Friday’s deadly shooting. Earlier police said that a second person had been detained.
.@ShimonPro reporting LE sources tell him a second person is now in custody, possible accomplice in Santa Fe HS shooting.— Gabe Ramirez (@GabeRamirez) May 18, 2018
Update 1:44 p.m. ET: Clear Lake Regional Medical Center officials said that eight patients were taken to their hospital and of the eight, six have been discharged. Of the remaining, one patient is listed in critical condition. The other is listed in fair condition, KHOU reported.
KHOU is also reporting that the adult male being treated at UTMB was retired police officer John Barnes.
Update 12:35 p.m. ET: Santa Fe Independent School District police administration chief Walter Braun said that the campus has been cleared of all students and staff. Braun said that at least six people, including a SFISD police officer, were transported to area hospitals with injuries.
Doctors clarified that the adult male who has in the operating room did not have a chest wound, but had an upper arm injury, near the chest. The middle age female has been transferred to the operating room for surgery on her leg wound. The teen, who is a 16-year-old male, is in the pediatric ward with a wound to the leg.
Officials: < 10 dead, 6 transported. Explosives found inside & near Santa Fe HS. Be aware, call 911 if you see anything suspicious. #khou11— Adam Bennett (@AdamBennettKHOU) May 18, 2018
Update 12:18 p.m. ET: The Santa Fe school district has confirmed via a Twitter post that police have found possible explosive devices at the school and off campus.
#UPDATE 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. #HouNews #SantaFeISD— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018
President Trump spoke earlier about this latest shooting.
Update 12:04 p.m. ET: Doctors at UTMB said that the adult male who is undergoing surgery is a middle aged man who has chest injuries. He has been listed in critical condition. Doctors said they are unsure how many times he was shot. The male teen who was admitted to the hospital was shot and has a leg wound and is listed in good condition. The other patient, who was being treated in the emergency room, has a gunshot wound to the leg also and is listed in good condition.
Update 11:47 a.m. ET: In a news conference with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales there are between eight and 10 fatalities, but media sources are reporting 9 deaths. The majority of those killed are students according to the sheriff but there were some adult staff fatalities.
Law enforcement is doing a systematic search of the building to make sure that there are no additional injured students or students still in hiding. Police are also looking for any potential devices that were left behind.
Gonzales said it is an active crime scene and a family reunification area that has been set up to get families and their children reunited.
As for the shooter, Gonzales did not have an age or identification but said that the shooter was a male student at the school. Another student, again no name or age was available, was detained.
Update 11:14 a.m. ET: The University of Texas Medical Branch officials held a news conference. During it they announced that three patients have been taken to UTMB -- two adults and one person under the age of 18. Officials with the hospital said that an adult male was taken to surgery. One adult was still being treated in the emergency room and person under the age of 18 has been admitted to the hospital.
At this moment we have 3 patients, 2 adult, 1 under 18 years old, from the Santa Fe shooting. Next update at 11:45 a.m. https://t.co/w5tVCWIhyt— UTMB News (@utmbnews) May 18, 2018
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says that one person is in custody, another is detained. A police officer was hurt and is being treated.
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: 11:06 a.m. ET: There are now reports of a possible explosive being found near an area roadway and the potential that the gunman was not alone, KHOU reported.
President Donald Trump has reacted via Twitter about this latest deadly school shooting.
School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Update: 10:40 a.m. ET: Two sources familiar with the situation have told KHOU that there are multiple student fatalities and that an officer was wounded. KHOU reported that once source was a federal official, the other was a county official, both close to the situation. Federal officials told KHOU that the suspected gunman was a student.
We are assisting @SantaFeISD with a multiple-casualty incident at Santa Fe High School. This is no longer an active shooting situation and the injured are being treated. #hounews pic.twitter.com/m7Wuauk9jk— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) May 18, 2018
The district has a dedicated police force, including resource officers, crossing guards and a dispatcher, according to the district website.
Update: 10:20 a.m. ET: The school has confirmed that there are injuries, but there is no information on the extent of those injuries.
BREAKING: District confirms injuries at active shooting at Santa Fe HS, suspect in custody pic.twitter.com/i1mlGNQxC7— Angelica Carrillo (@acarrillonews) May 18, 2018
Update: 10:01 a.m. ET: Dr. Cris Richardson, the assistant principal of Santa Fe High School, quickly briefed the media outside the school. She told reporters that the active shooter has been arrested and secured. She did not disclose the suspect’s name. School officials are starting to reunite students with their parents.
The school district had only two weeks left in the school year. Richardson confirmed that the school has trained for the situation.
Richardson had no details on any injuries.
Update: 9:54 a.m. ET: University of Texas Medical Branch has told local news outlets that patients are on the way to the hospital. They have no number of patients or their injuries. A news brief from the hospital is expected in a few hours.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office told KPRC that one person is in custody.
Neighboring schools are also in what is called “protect mode” because of the shooting at Santa Fe High School.
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 (@DickinsonISD) May 18, 2018
Update 9:23 a.m. ET: KHOU is reporting that some students were evacuated to a business down the street from the school complex. There are unconfirmed reports that police exchanged fire with the shooter and that there may be injuries, KHOU reported.
FROM SANTA FE ISD: "This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The district has initiated a lockdown. We will send out additional information as soon as it is available." https://t.co/lumjgZRgHY— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) May 18, 2018
The school has also posted a warning to its website that reads:
SFISD District Response to SFHS Active Shooter
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 school also posted the message to its Facebook page.
The school usually starts its day at 7:10 a.m., according to the school website and dismisses at 2:35 p.m. On late-arrival days school starts at 9:15 a.m.
Original story: Details are still coming in, but it has been confirmed that police are on scene for an active shooter situation, KPRC reported.
There have not been any official reports of injuries, KPRC reported.
However, a medical helicopter has been sent to the scene, KHOU reported.
The school district has confirmed that there was an active shooter situation at the high school.
Santa Fe, Texas, school district:— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) May 18, 2018
"This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The district has initiated a lockdown."
A student at the school told KTRK that fire alarms went off around 7:45 a.m. local time and students left their classrooms. The student told the station that others thought they heard shots fired. She and other students, along with teachers, have found shelter near campus, KTRK reported.