September 24, 2018

At Least 10 Dead in Texas School Shooting

At least 10 are dead and several others are injured in a May 18 shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, TX.

The shooter reportedly opened fire at a morning art class at Santa Fe High School. A fire alarm also went off at the time of the shooting, causing pandemonium to ensue.

Dakota Shrader, a student at the school, tearfully told a CNN affiliate, “I was in the history hallway, and as soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as … (a) practice fire drill. And next thing you know, we just hear … three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.”

The fire alarm was pulled by another student who saw that the gunman was carrying a firearm, so he pulled the fire alarm to make it tougher for the gunman to fire at students.

The gunman has been detained by police and has been identified as a 17-year-old student at the school. His now-deleted Facebook page showed a picture of a black shirt saying, “Born to Kill.”

According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), the shooter was carrying a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Both firearms belonged to the shooter’s father. Pipe bombs and pressure cookers were also found around the school.

A second person is also in custody and is believed to be a student at the school as well.

Nine of the 10 dead are students, another is a teacher. As many as 12 people are being treated in hospitals for gunshot wounds, including two law enforcement officers.

“We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack,” President Trump said at a May 18 speaking event. “To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High, we’re with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever.”