After a student opened fire in Santa Fe Highschool, ten people were killed and ten others were injured during the horrific act.
The school shooter was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old at the school, and that most of those that were killed were students, according to police. Pagourtzis used weapons which were legally owned by his father. Allegedly, the weapons used were a shotgun and a revolver which were taken from his father.
Governor Greg Abbott said that “various kinds of explosive devices” were found at the school and off campus which included “a CO2 device” and “a Molotov cocktail” according to the Governor. He also said that police were turned onto the suspect by information that was found in a journal, his computer as well as his cell phone in which the planned attack was detailed and that he had the intention to kill himself after the shooting.
Students reported that Pagourtzis made his way into an art class and began shooting. Speaking to KTRK-TV, one witness of the shooting said: “There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting,” going on to say “and this girl got shot in the leg.”
Another student speaking to CBS news, Dakota Shrader, said that once the alarms had gone off, everyone around began running outside. She also said: “Next thing you know everybody looks, and you hear boom, boom, boom, and I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest floor so I could hide, and I called my mom.”
Many gathered on Friday for a vigil at sunset. John Overbeck, a senior student at the high school said “I don’t know how to feel. I don’t know if it’s hit me yet. When something like this happens, it’s just so easy to be distracted from it,” he told the BBC. “I feel like when I’m isolated later, I’m going to break down.”