Santa Fe school shooter charged with capital murder

Student who killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

Arutz Sheva North America Staff,

Scene of high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas
Scene of high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas
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A high school student accused of opening fire at a Texas high school and killing 10 people on Friday has been charged with capital murder, the Galveston County Sheriff's Office said, according to The Hill.

The sheriff's office said in a statement posted on Facebook that 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held in Galveston County Jail, and that additional charges could still be filed.

"The suspect from the Santa Fe [independent school district] shooting scene has been booked into the Galveston County Jail," the sheriff's office said. "He is identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, W/M, 17 years of age. He is being held on Capital Murder with no bond. Additional charges may follow."

Authorities say Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School, near Houston, killing nine students and one teacher and injuring another 10 people.

He was taken into custody shortly after the shooting. Another student at the school has been detained as a person of interest, reported The Hill.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference on Friday that Pagourtzis used a shotgun and a .38 revolver that belonged to his father to carry out the attack. He also said that a third person believed to have "certain information" will be interviewed by law enforcement.

The Santa Fe school district also said in a tweet that authorities had located explosive devices both at the high school and off campus. No explosions have been confirmed.

Police officers responded to reports of an active shooter at Santa Fe High School around 8:00 a.m. CDT.

Some reports said the killer walked into the class and said "Surprise!" before he began firing.

So far, no motive for the shooting has been announced.

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the deadly shooting.

In a proclamation, Trump said public buildings and military bases should fly their flags at half-staff until sunset next Tuesday.

“Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas,” Trump wrote. “May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims' families.”

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted earlier Friday, “My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.”

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)




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