The teenager who has been charged for the shooting at a Texas High School with a shotgun and a revolver that led to the death of 10 people and 10 others injured on Friday admitted he did not shoot people he liked and meant to only the ones he targeted, according to a probable cause affidavit.
According to Galveston County Magistrate Mark Henry, suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has cooperated with police. Henry denied bail for the student, who has been accused of the capital murder of multiple people and aggravated assault on a public servant.
Students at Santa Fe High School, not far from Houston in southeastern Texas, struggled for safety after they heard shots just after class started on Friday morning. Nine students and one teacher were killed, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Pagourtzis said little amid a video court appearance, replying “Yes, sir” when he was asked whether he wanted a court-appointed lawyer. He was not asked to enter a plea.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Pagourtzis told an investigator he spared people he liked because he wanted his story told.
The alleged shooter used a shotgun and a .38 revolver that was legally owned by his father, Gov. Greg Abbott told reporters. Two school resource officers were on the campus and confronted the shooter “early on in the process,” Abbott said.
A student who survived being shot in the head tweeted: “I’m so grateful and blessed that God spared me today.” Rome Shubert showed CNN affiliate KTRK where a bullet went in the back of his head and came out near his left ear.
A Pakistani exchange student, Sabika Sheikh, was killed, the country’s embassy in Washington said.
One classmate told CNN the alleged shooter was “really quiet and he wore like a trench coat almost every day.”
According to Abbott, investigators have discovered journals on a computer and cell phone belonging to the suspect.
The governor offered his sympathies to the victims then called for lawmakers and others to come together to prevent more tragedies. “We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families. It’s time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again.”
According to a hospital official, retired Houston Police officer John Barnes was one of the people shot at Santa Fe High School. Houston’s police chief tweeted that he visited the hospital where Barnes was being treated and that Barnes was “hanging in there.” The officer was working as a Santa Fe officer, a police union official tweeted.
Officials said that gunfire began at the school, about 20 miles outside Galveston, not long after classes started around 7:30 a.m. CT. Explosive devices were later discovered by authorities including pipe bombs and pressure cookers in and near the school, the law enforcement official said.
A second person who was also believed to be a student has been detained as well, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said earlier.
This is the 22nd US school shooting since the start of the year, and the third incident in eight days in which a gunman was on a school campus.
Witnesses described students running from the school as they heard gunshots; they also described hearing an alarm at the school, however, the succession of events wasn’t immediately clear.
Daymon Rabon who was in class when he heard a loud bang next door said, “we thought maybe someone was banging on the shop door or maybe something fell,” the senior said. Rabon said he followed his teacher, who went to investigate.
They heard three more bangs and saw the shooter come out off of an art room.
“At this point, we knew this was … really happening to us,” Rabon said.
They went back into their classroom and told others to help barricade the door.
Rabon said he heard more than a dozen shots.
“You could hear him getting closer,” he said. “Everyone was crying, in complete tears, just in utter disbelief.”
Rabon said he heard someone shooting back and they gave them some hope, but the shooting seemed right outside their door.
Victims were being treated at three hospitals, authorities said. Eight people went to Clear Lake Regional Medical in Webster, Texas; two patients were treated at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, and four patients went to John Sealy University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. It is unclear whether they were all wounded or some were treated for other injuries.
Six of the eight patients at Clear Lake Regional were discharged by Friday afternoon.
Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN she and her schoolmates were being evacuated at one point “like it’s a fire drill.”
“We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” she said. “And then everybody starts running, but, like, the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we’re all just running away.”
“I didn’t see anybody shooting, but like (the gunshots) were kind of spaced,” Angelica said, adding she heard about four shots.
A witness who spoke to KTRK also said she heard an alarm. She didn’t specify if that was before or after the gunfire she described in the art class.
She said she couldn’t describe the shooter.
“I didn’t look. I just ran,” she said.
Another student, Dakota Shrader, told CNN affiliate KPRC that she heard gunshots only after hearing an alarm in the school.
“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,” Shrader said, breaking into tears. “And next thing you know, we just hear … three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.”
The high school has about 1,400 students, according to GreatSchools.org.
Trump: Mass shootings have been ‘going on too long in our country’
Trump addressed the school shooting, saying that mass shootings have been “going on too long.”
“Unfortunately, I have to begin by expressing our sadness and heartbreak over the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas,” Trump said from the East Room of the White House. “This has been going on too long in our country. Too many years. Too many decades now.”
Trump said federal authorities are coordinating with local officials.
“We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack,” Trump said.
Trump has ordered US flags at federal facilities be flown at half-staff.