ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
88°
Partly Cloudy
H 89° L 75°
  • cloudy-day
    88°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 89° L 75°
  • cloudy-day
    84°
    Evening
    Partly Cloudy. H 89° L 75°
  • cloudy-day
    76°
    Morning
    Partly Cloudy. H 92° L 75°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

National
Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 13 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges
Close

Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 13 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges

Multiple Fatalities Reported, Suspect in Custody After Texas High School Shooting

Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 13 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges

The suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting in Galveston County Texas was arraigned on capital murder and aggravated assault charges Friday in the deaths of 10 people and the wounding of a police officer. 

Thirteen people were also injured in the massacre Friday morning at the high school in southeastern Texas, the FBI said Saturday.

>> Read more trending news 

The gunman was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, a student at the school. When he finally surrendered, nine students and one teacher had been killed.

Pagourtzis used two weapons in the attack on the school, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a shot gun and a .38-revolver, which belonged to his father. 

The governor also confirmed a Molotov cocktail and “various other types of explosive devices” were found at the school and two other locations.

>>Read: Texas shooting: Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack

 

 

Authorities were interviewing two other people in connection with the shooting, but it’s unclear what part, if any, they played in the massacre.

>>Read: What are the worst school shootings in modern US history?

Update May 20, 8:13 a.m. EST: The Galveston County Criminal District Attorney released the complete list of the people killed in the shooting, the Houston Chronicle reported. The teachers were identified as Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, 64. The students included Shana Fisher, 16; Angelique Ramirez, 15; Christopher Jake Stone, 17; Jared Black, 17; Christian Riley Garcia, 15; Sabika Sheikh; Aaron Kyle McLeod, 15; and Kimberly Vaughan.

Update May 19, 2:47 p.m. EST: Santa Fe High School students are being allowed to return to campus to pick up their cars and belongings left behind after Friday’s deadly shooting. 

According to a post on the Santa Fe ISD Facebook page, students with cars are meeting officials at the junior high cafeteria between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. CST.

The school district states that students will not be allowed to go directly to the high school.

Update May 19, 2:14 p.m. EST: A teen who was shot in the leg during Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas is in good condition, according to a Twitter update from the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

A woman in the intensive care unit (ICU) is in serious condition.

John Barnes, the student resource officer and former police officer, remains in critical condition.

 

 Officials gathered Saturday afternoon at Santa Fe High School in an adjacent grassy lot.

According to KHOU, the Santa Fe Independent School District superintendent and Santa Fe mayor called for unity and peace.

 

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said there were no new updates to the investigation, KHOU reports. 

 

Update May 19, 11:40 a.m. ET: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an official statement on the death of Sibika Sheikh, the Pakistani exchange student who was one of the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting.

 

Update 10:30 p.m. ET: Three of the victims in the shooting massacre have now been identified, according to news reports. A substitute teacher, Ann Perkins, an exchange student, Sibika Sheikh and high school junior Chris Stone are among the victims killed in the rampage.

     

The FBI and ATF are still processing the scene in Santa Fe, using SWAT teams, bomb techs and K-9 teams to search for explosives investigators say the suspect planted around the school.

 

Update 7:20 p.m. ET: Santa Fe High School shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis made his first court appearance in court and was denied bond on capital murder and aggravated assault.

 

Update 6:15 p.m. ET: Police are searching homes and cars for more explosives related to the attack on the school, CNN reported.

Pagourtzis, who wanted to kill himself, but surrendered instead, according to authorities, allegedly built explosives and planned to use them in the attack.

Federal authorities in Texas, including the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are teaming up and scouring the crime scene at the school and surrounding locations, according to the FBI in Houston.

“The FBI Houston and ATF Houston are combining resources to meticulously process the scene,” the FBI said in a tweet.

 

Update 5:15 p.m. ET: The suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of 10 people at the school Friday morning and aggravated assault of a peace officer for the shooting injury of school resource officer John Barnes, the Santa Fe Independent School District has confirmed. Pagourtzis is jailed without bond in the Galveston County Jail.

Schools superintendent Leigh Wall called the rampage “a terrible tragedy.

“Words cannot express the sorrow in our hearts for those we have lost,” Wall said in a statement posted on the district’s website.

“Our campus remains an active crime scene with law enforcement personnel from throughout our region supporting Santa Fe ISD Police Chief, Walter Braun.”

Wall also pledged to keep the community informed on developments in the investigation.

 

Update 4:10 p.m. ET: The school resource officer, John Barnes,  who was wounded in the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School is in the operating room and is in critical condition, University of Texas Medical Branch officials said at an afternoon press conference.

Barnes was injured in the arm, according to Dr. David Marshall, shot in the elbow.

There are two other patients at the hospital, a middle aged woman and a young male, but both are still unidentified.

The female patient suffered a fractured leg bone and is now out of surgery.

The male suffered a gun shot to the leg and is listed in stable condition, Marshall said.

Seven other victims were transported to several other medical centers near Santa Fe.

 

Update 3:15 p.m. ET: Governor Greg Abbott said during a press conference that Pagourtzis used two weapons, both of which were legally owned by his father, a shot gun and a .38-revolver. There are two persons of interest, one who is currently being interviewed by law enforcement and a second who will be. 

Abbott says he plans to take action because people need to “do more than just pray for the victims and families. It’s time in Texas that we begin to take action to make sure this tragedy is not repeated ever again.” Abbott vowed to begin roundtable discussions next week to work on solutions to prevent shootings in the future. He plans to speak with anyone with a vested interest in stopping gun violence --  parents, students, those who want to support second amendment rights, safety personnel. He wants to address mental health to help prevent gun violence. He also said that the state needs to make sure schools have resources and can identify those who could pose a risk of violence.

According to Abbott, Pagourtzis had journals on his computer that outlined the attack and that he planned on committing suicide after the shooting.

Abbott also spoke to parents across the country telling them to “hold your children close tonight and let them know how much you love them.”

UTMB confirms that John Barnes is the man who is in critical condition. He is a recently retired detective who started working for the Santa Fe ISD police. 

 

 

Update 2:33 p.m. ET: Police are talking to Pagourtzis. CNN is reporting he was injured in today’s shooting but did not say what injuries he suffered.

 

Update 2:17 p.m. ET: A second person is now in custody in connection with Friday’s deadly shooting. Earlier police said that a second person had been detained.

 

Update 1:44 p.m. ET: Clear Lake Regional Medical Center officials said that eight patients were taken to their hospital and of the eight, six have been discharged. Of the remaining, one patient is listed in critical condition. The other is listed in fair condition, KHOU reported.

 

KHOU is also reporting that the adult male being treated at UTMB was retired police officer John Barnes. 

Update 12:35 p.m. ET: Santa Fe Independent School District police administration chief  Walter Braun said that the campus has been cleared of all students and staff.  Braun said that at least six people, including a SFISD police officer, were transported to area hospitals with injuries. 

Doctors clarified that the adult male who has in the operating room did not have a chest wound, but had an upper arm injury, near the chest. The middle age female has been transferred to the operating room for surgery on her leg wound. The teen, who is a 16-year-old male, is in the pediatric ward with a wound to the leg.

 

Update 12:18 p.m. ET: The Santa Fe school district has confirmed via a Twitter post that police have found possible explosive devices at the school and off campus.

 

President Trump spoke earlier about this latest shooting.

Close

Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 13 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges

Update 12:04 p.m. ET: Doctors at UTMB said that the adult male who is undergoing surgery is a middle aged man who has chest injuries. He has been listed in critical condition. Doctors said they are unsure how many times he was shot. The male teen who was admitted to the hospital was shot and has a leg wound and is listed in good condition. The other patient, who was being treated in the emergency room, has a gunshot wound to the leg also and is listed in good condition.

Update 11:47 a.m. ET: In a news conference with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales there are between eight and 10 fatalities, but media sources are reporting 9 deaths. The majority of those killed are students according to the sheriff but there were some adult staff fatalities. 

Law enforcement is doing a systematic search of the building to make sure that there are no additional injured students or students still in hiding. Police are also looking for any potential devices that were left behind. 

Gonzales said it is an active crime scene and a family reunification area that has been set up to get families and their children reunited.

As for the shooter, Gonzales did not have an age or identification but said that the shooter was a male student at the school. Another student, again no name or age was available, was detained.

Update 11:14 a.m. ET: The University of Texas Medical Branch officials held a news conference. During it they announced that three patients have been taken to UTMB -- two adults and one person under the age of 18. Officials with the hospital said that an adult male was taken to surgery. One adult was still being treated in the emergency room and person under the age of 18 has been admitted to the hospital.

 

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says that one person is in custody, another is detained. A police officer was hurt and is being treated.

 

Update: 11:06 a.m. ET: There are now reports of a possible explosive being found near an area roadway and the potential that the gunman was not alone, KHOU reported

 

President Donald Trump has reacted via Twitter about this latest deadly school shooting.

 

Update: 10:40 a.m. ET: Two sources familiar with the situation have told KHOU that there are multiple student fatalities and that an officer was wounded. KHOU reported that once source was a federal official, the other was a county official, both close to the situation. Federal officials told KHOU that the suspected gunman was a student.

 

The district has a dedicated police force, including resource officers, crossing guards and a dispatcher, according to the district website

Update: 10:20 a.m. ET: The school has confirmed that there are injuries, but there is no information on the extent of those injuries. 

 

Update: 10:01 a.m. ET: Dr. Cris Richardson, the assistant principal of Santa Fe High School, quickly briefed the media outside the school. She told reporters that the active shooter has been arrested and secured. She did not disclose the suspect’s name. School officials are starting to reunite students with their parents.

The school district had only two weeks left in the school year. Richardson confirmed that the school has trained for the situation.

Richardson had no details on any injuries.

Update: 9:54 a.m. ET: University of Texas Medical Branch has told local news outlets that patients are on the way to the hospital. They have no number of patients or their injuries. A news brief from the hospital is expected in a few hours.

 

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office told KPRC that one person is in custody.

>>Read: Santa Fe High School Shooting: What to know about Santa Fe Independent School District

Update: 9:37 a.m. ET: Witnesses told KTRK that it happened in an art class at the school. Santa Fe Police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and ATF agents are responding, KTRK reported.

 

Neighboring schools are also in what is called “protect mode” because of the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

 

>>Read: Over 170 Texas school districts allow staff to be armed

Update 9:23 a.m. ET: KHOU is reporting that some students were evacuated to a business down the street from the school complex. There are unconfirmed reports that police exchanged fire with the shooter and that there may be injuries, KHOU reported

 

The school has also posted a warning to its website that reads: 

Important Message

SFISD District Response to SFHS Active Shooter

This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The district has initiated a lockdown at the high school. We will send out additional information as soon as it is available.

The school also posted the message to its Facebook page. 

The school usually starts its day at 7:10 a.m., according to the school website and dismisses at 2:35 p.m. On late-arrival days school starts at 9:15 a.m.

>>Read: Texas school marshals allowed to carry guns on campus

Original story: Details are still coming in, but it has been confirmed that police are on scene for an active shooter situation, KPRC reported.

>> Read more trending news 

 

There have not been any official reports of injuries, KPRC reported.

However, a medical helicopter has been sent to the scene, KHOU reported

The school district has confirmed that there was an active shooter situation at the high school.

 

A student at the school told KTRK that fire alarms went off around 7:45 a.m. local time and students left their classrooms. The student told the station that others thought they heard shots fired. She and other students, along with teachers, have found shelter near campus, KTRK reported.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest News Headlines

  • White House officials pushed back Monday against critics of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy has led to the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. >> Read more trending news Update 12:46 p.m. EDT June 18: President Donald Trump again accused Democrats of obstructing efforts to deal with illegal immigration and the separation of children and parents at the border, telling reporters Monday that “we’re stuck with these horrible laws” because Democrats refuse to sit down with Republicans. There are no laws mandating the separation of children and parents at the border. “We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world,” Trump said. “Nobody has such sad, such bad – and in many cases, such horrible and tough – you see about child separation. You see what’s going on there.” “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump said. Update 12 p.m. EDT June 18: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said authorities don’t want to separate children from their families but that officials have a duty to prosecute people who illegally cross the border. “When we ignore our laws at the border we obviously encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country, creating an enormous burden on our law enforcement, our schools, our hospitals and (our) social programs,” Sessions said Monday during the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. He framed the issue as a debate over “whether we want to be a country of laws or whether we want to be a country without borders.” “President Trump has said this cannot continue,” Sessions said. “We do not want to separate parents from their children. If we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won’t face these terrible choices. We will have a system where those who need to apply for asylum can do so and those who want to come to this country will apply legally.” Sessions’ arguments echoed those of President Donald Trump, who has blamed Democrats for passing laws that he said led to the separations. There are no laws mandating the separation of children and parents at the border. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said earlier Monday that officials will not apologize for enforcing immigration laws. 'We have to do our job,' she said. Original report: President Donald Trump defended his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy on Monday, writing in a series of tweets that children are being used “by the worst criminals on earth” to get into America as critics slammed the policy for separating children from their parents. “Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country,” Trump wrote. “Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.” The president pointed to a rise in crime in Germany as an example of the chaos caused by illegal immigration, writing in a tweet that it was a “big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture.” However, Germany’s internal ministry reported last month that criminal offenses in the country were at their lowest since 1992, according to Reuters. This spring, the Trump administration ordered prosecutors to charge every person illegally crossing the border. Children traveling with the adults have been separated and placed in detention centers, prompting protests nationwide. The president has blamed Democrats for not fixing the law that allows for the separations. “Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration,” the president wrote. “Change the laws!” Despite his claim that Democrats are at fault for the situation, The Associated Press reported that the Trump administration “put the policy in place and could easily end it.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Four children are dead following a hostage situation and a standoff with a suspect accused of shooting an Orlando police officer in the face. >> Read more trending news UPDATE 11:41 p.m. EDT: The suspect, Gary Lindsey, is also dead, police and sheriff's office sources told WFTV. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Monday afternoon that police negotiators had been in communication with Lindsey since the standoff at the Westbrook Apartments, which began about midnight. The children Lindsey was holding hostage ranged in age from 1 to 11. Two of them were Lindsey's children and the others belong to his girlfriend. Officers were called to the apartment by his girlfriend because of a domestic dispute. Upon arriving, the officers were fired upon, and Office Kevin Valencia was shot.  The police chief said Valencia is expected to survive but he has 'very significant injuries.' Court record shows Lindsey has an extensive criminal history. ORIGINAL STORY: Orlando police say an officer was shot while responding to a domestic violence call and the suspect has taken four children hostage. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said officers responded to the report of a woman who said she was being battered by a man around 11:45 p.m. Sunday at the Westbrook Apartment complex on Eaglesmere Drive, just north of Universal Studios. The suspect opened fire when officers confronted him, Mina said. >> Read more trending news The suspect is barricaded in that apartment complex with four children under the age of 12. The youngest hostage is 1 year old, Mina said. SWAT teams and dozens of officers have surrounded the area. Mina said the officer suffered a serious injury, but has undergone surgery and is expected to survive. Mina did not release the name of the wounded officer, or the name of the suspect who is still barricaded in that apartment complex. A woman who lives in the apartment building tells Channel 9's Steve Barrett she heard gunfire, then saw an officer who appeared to be injured being rushed away in an SUV. 'We saw the officers dragging another officer - he was lying on the floor, they were trying to keep him awake - they threw him in the car and drove off,' said resident Nicole Gonzalez. Gonzalez said police then went door to door escorting people out of their homes as the standoff began. Channel 9's Sarahbeth Ackerman reports a heavy police presence at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where the officer was taken. Police are also investigating in the vicinity of a nearby Waffle House on Kirkland Road.
  • Two first ladies are weighing in on the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico. >> Five undocumented immigrants dead after chase with Border Patrol, officials say Former first lady Laura Bush criticized the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' policy on illegal immigration as 'cruel' in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday. >> Read the piece here 'I live in a border state,' Bush wrote. 'I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.' According to The Associated Press, the policy, which started last month, 'sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally,' leading to more adults in jail, separated from their children.  >> Reports: 1,500 immigrant children missing, feds say they’re not responsible 'Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso,' Bush continued. 'These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.' She added: 'In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can.' >> Read more trending news  First lady Melania Trump also shared her thoughts on the issue Sunday. 'Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,' said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. 'She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.' – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Since 1789, eight U.S. presidents have either died or been killed while in office. One has resigned.  On the death of the eight men and the resignation of the other, their vice presidents stepped into the role of president, following the requirement laid out in the Constitution for an orderly change of leadership. >> Read more trending news  But what would happen if the president and the vice president were simultaneously unable to carry out their duties? Who would step in to be president? The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 outlines the order of succession to the presidency with a list that includes congressional members and those serving in the president’s cabinet. Congress is authorized to enact legislation concerning the order of succession under Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the U.S. Constitution. The Twentieth Amendment, adopted in 1933, and the Twenty-fifth Amendment, adopted in 1967, also address who will sit in the Oval Office and under what circumstances. There have been three presidential succession acts passed in the country’s history, with the 1947 act being the latest.  In 1792, the act declared that, the president pro tempore of the Senate would be first in line for the presidency should the president and the vice president both be incapacitated. The speaker of the House was second in line. The 1886 act replaced the president pro tempore and speaker on the list with the members of the president’s cabinet.  The order of succession reflected the order in which the cabinet positions had been created, with the secretary of state first in line after the vice president. In 1947, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House were brought back in to the line of succession. This time, the speaker of the House was first in line behind the vice president, and the president pro tempore second in line. Members of the cabinet fill out the line as they did in the 1886 act, by when the cabinet positions were created. Here is the line of succession for the United States government with the names of the current office holders.  Vice President: Mike Pence Speaker of the House: Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) President pro tempore of the Senate: Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Secretary of State: Mike Pompeo Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin Secretary of Defense: James Mattis U.S. Attorney General: Jeff Sessions Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross Secretary of Labor: R. Alexander Acosta Secretary of Health and Human Services: Alex Azar Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson Secretary of Transportation: Elaine L. Chao – Chao would not be able to assume the presidency because she was not born in the United States Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Robert Wilkie – Wilkie was nominated by Trump to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs; he has not yet been confirmed for that position Secretary of Homeland Security: Kirstjen Nielsen  

The Latest News Videos