Santa Fe High School

Credit: Harris County Sheriff's Office

10 Dead, Several Injured In Shooting At Santa Fe High School In Southeast Texas

May 18, 2018 - 8:28 am
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HOUSTON (1080 KRLD/AP) - Law enforcement officials responded to reports of a shooting at a Houston area high school, in Galveston County. 

Officers were called to Santa Fe High School around 8:00 a.m. Friday after reports that an unknown suspect began shooting inside the school.

School officials and law enforcement report that a suspect is in custody, a second person has been detained. 

According to CBS Evening News, the shooting suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. It's not known if he's a current student at the school. 

One officer was injured and is being treated, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. 

Law enforcement officials have confirmed that 10 people are dead, including 9 students and one teacher. Several more are wounded. 

Authorities later said explosive devices have been found at and adjacent to the school.

The school district said in a statement Friday that authorities are in the process of rendering the devices safe.

There's no indication how many devices have been found. Police asked the public to "remain vigilant" and to call 911 if they see any suspicious items in the area.

One student told Houston television station KTRK in a telephone interview that a gunman came into her first-period art class and started shooting. The student said she saw one girl with blood on her leg as the class evacuated the room.

"We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, 'Start running,'" the student told the television station.

The student said she didn't get a good look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.

Authorities have not yet confirmed that report. Aerial footage from the scene showed students standing in a grassy field and three life-flight helicopters landing at the school.

Santa Fe is a city of about 13,000 residents, located 30 miles southeast of Houston.

There was a large law enforcement response to the same school in February when it was placed on lockdown after students and teachers said they heard "popping sounds." Santa Fe police swept the campus but found no threat.