Student charged with capital murder in high school shootings


SANTA FE, Texas (KXAN) — One student has been charged with capital murder in the school shooting that left 10 people dead in Santa Fe, Texas. Authorities say 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is currently being held in the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office with no bond.

Gov. Greg Abbott says one to two other individuals are currently being questioned in the case. 

The school district confirms there are injuries but it has not released how many people were injured. The shooting started around 7:30 a.m., less than 20 minutes after the start of the school day. Santa Fe High School is on State Highway 6 near Morning Glory Drive. Santa Fe is southeast of Houston, near Galveston.

Authorities say 10 people have died, nine of whom were students and one teacher. A Santa Fe Independent School District officer was hurt, and three people (two adults, one of whom is a school resource officers, and a 16-year-old) were taken to a trauma center in Galveston. Two of the individuals has gunshot wounds to the leg and one had a gunshot wound to the chest area. It’s not known how many more may have been injured.

Abbott confirmed during a news conference the suspect had two weapons on him: a shotgun and a .38 revolver.  Abbott says the firearms belonged to the suspect’s father.

A student told the CBS affiliate in Houston that he saw a student with a gunshot wound to the kneecap area. “We had to get out there as fast as we could,” said one Santa Fe student. 

“I was scared for my life. Nobody should go through this. Nobody should be able to feel that in school. This is a place where we’re supposed to feel safe. This is where we come most of the week. Nobody should have to go through this. Nobody should have to feel that pain. It hurts my heart to see this,” student Dakota Shrader said. 

The district says officers will continue to secure the building and students will be moved to another location. All other campuses in the district are operating on their regular schedules.

The Harris, Brazoria and Galveston Sheriff’s Offices and federal authorities are all involved in the investigation.

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