A gunman opened fire at a Texas high school Friday, killing at least 10 people, most of them students, after placing explosive devices in and around the building, police said.
Nine students and one adult were killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, that erupted before classes began, a law enforcement official not authorized to comment publicly told USA TODAY. The suspect was later taken into custody.
The shooting was the worst since Feb. 14, when a former student killed 17 people at a Florida high school and ignited a national debate on gun control.
The official said multiple pipe-bomb-type explosives were recovered at the school, but investigators were still going through the building.
The suspect was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, according to a second official briefed on the investigation but not authorized to comment publicly. It’s not USA TODAY’s policy to identify minors charged with crimes. Due to the magnitude of the event and the fact the suspect could be charged as an adult, USA TODAY has decided to identify the suspect.
Pagourtzis was armed with at least one rifle or shotgun, but the first official cautioned that there could be other weapons related to the incident, though not yet recovered.
At least one other person was in custody, but the official believed the person was not believed to be a suspect.
After explosives were found at the school and off campus, police and the Santa Fe Independent School District urged people to report any suspicious items found around town.
“There have been confirmed reports of explosives found on the campus and off the campus,” Santa Fe Police Chief Jeff Powell said. “That’s our main concern is to keep our community safe.”
Three people from the scene at Santa Fe High School have been admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch, according to spokesman Raul Reyes.
One patient, an adult man who is believed to work as a police officer at the school, is in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Reyes said. The other two patients are a minor, presumably a student, and a middle-aged woman. Both were shot in the leg and are receiving treatment.
“He is critically ill and stable" in the operating room, Gulshan Sharma, the chief medical officer, said at noon central time of the patient in surgery. The other two patients were stable and in fair condition, he said.
The hospital was not anticipating receiving additional patients from the scene.
Nine patients from the scene were transferred to other Houston-area hospitals. Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster has admitted seven patients and Mainland Medical Center in Texas City has admitted two.