Death Toll Climbs in Third School Shooting in Eight Days; Suspect Identified as 17-Year-Old Boy

May 18, 2018  •  Post A Comment

In what’s being reported as the third gun-related incident at a U.S. school in recent days, at least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured this morning at Santa Fe High School in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe.

CNN reports that two people were detained in connection with the shooting spree, with the suspected shooter identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. The suspect was in jail, accused of capital murder, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott briefed the media on the shooting, telling reporters that the alleged shooter used a shotgun and a .38 revolver that were legally owned by his father, CNN reports, adding: “Two school resource officers were on the campus and confronted the shooter ‘early on in the process,’ Abbott said.”

Nine students and one teacher were killed, according to media reports. The shooter also reportedly had explosive devices.

The shooting followed two other recent incidents. “On Wednesday, an Illinois school resource officer shot and wounded a former student who fired a weapon near a graduation rehearsal at Dixon High School, authorities said. The suspected gunman faces three charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm,” CNN reports. “On May 11, a 14-year-old boy in Palmdale, California, went to Highland High, his former school, and began shooting a semiautomatic rifle shortly before classes began, authorities said. He was taken into custody and is accused of attempted murder. One person was wounded.”

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