Just hours after a 17-year-old student opened fire at the Santa Fe High School in southeast Texas, new questions are being raised over whether local authorities and school officials missed multiple red flags that could have averted the deadly assault.
According to Fox News, the suspected gunman -identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis- reportedly published disturbing posts on social media; including a “born to kill” shirt as well as images and writings on firearms.
“The caption, according to the news station, read, ‘We all die sometime.’ He also posted photos of guns, knives and a coat with Nazi insignias,” writes Fox News.
The suspect is currently being held at the Galveston County Jail on capital murder charges, with no possibility of bond, confirmed local police.
Pagourtzis reportedly opened fire in the high school’s art classroom, killing nine students and one teacher and injuring ten others before surrendering to law enforcement.
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TEXAS SHOOTING: At Least 8 Dead in School Shooting, Suspect in Custody
At least 8 people were shot and killed during a school shooting in Texas Friday morning with the suspected gunman now in police custody, reports Fox News.
The rampage began shortly after 8:00am at the Santa Fe High School in Texas, with local media reporting the shooter “appears to be a student.”
“Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location,” said a statement from the school district.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 18, 2018
“We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, ‘Start running,'” one student told Fox News.
“Now I am worried about everyone else,” added another. “I don’t even want to go to graduation now.”
President Trump commented on the shooting via twitter, saying “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!”
School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
TEXAS SHOOTING: Multiple ‘EXPLOSIVES’ Found at Texas High School
Multiple “explosive devices” have been found both on and off campus of the Santa Fe High School in Texas; the scene of a deadly shooting Friday morning that left at least 8 people dead and dozens injured.
The Santa Fe Independent School district confirmed the devices on social media, writing “#UPDATE There have been explosive devices found in the high school and surrounding areas adjacent to the high school. Because of the threat of explosive items, community members should be on the look-out for suspicious packages and anything that looks out of place.”
#UPDATE There have been explosive devices found in the high school and surrounding areas adjacent to the high school. Because of the threat of explosive items, community members should be on the look-out for suspicious packages and anything that looks out of place.
— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018
Police Chief Jeff Powell urged local residents to be on the lookout for additional “suspicious items” surrounding the school.
President Trump commented on the school shooting Friday before meeting with prison reform advocates, saying the United States will stand with the victims “forever.”