LATEST: School Shooting at Texas High School, Suspect in Custody
4:24pm ET Update:
Several news outlets are reporting that a 17-year-old student named Dimitrios Pagourtzis committed a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas this morning.
A disturbing image posted to Pagourtzis’ Facebook page shows a jacket with a Hammer and Sickle pin, as well as a Rising Sun emblem. He also wore the black and white Iron Cross, the highest Nazi medal given for bravery.
He explained the meaning behind each of the adornments on his jacket:
“Duster Hammer and Sickle = Rebellion Rising Sun = Kamikaze Tactics Iron Cross = Bravery Baphomet = Evil Cthulhu = Power,” he wrote.
Another post shows a “Born to Kill” t-shirt:
The Facebook page has been removed.
On Instagram, Pagourtzis posted violent imagery:
Santa Fe, TX – Between 8 and 10 people have been killed at Santa Fe High School, 30 miles from Houston today, according to numerous reports.
“One [suspect] is in custody, a second one detained, said Ed Gonzales, Sheriff of Harris County, TX on Twitter. “An injured police officer is being treated, the extent of his injuries are unknown.”
One is in custody, a second one detained. An injured police officer is being treated, the extent of his injuries are unknown.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) May 18, 2018
The identity of the suspect(s) has not been verified.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the student entered the school armed to the teeth with several firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle, shotgun, pistol, and even pipe bombs.
“Officers inside encountered a bloody mess in the school,” said a senior law enforcement office who was not authorized to talk to the media. “Evidently this guy threw pipe bombs all in there. We don’t know if any of them went off.”
The shooting began at around 7:45am local time.
President Trump addressed the situation in a press conference within the last hour:
“We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas,” he said. “To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever…”
This story is developing and Big League Politics will bring you updates as they become available.