Shooting in US school: Student open fire in class, kills 10 at Texas high school
New Delhi : In a shocking incident happened yesterday, a 17-year-old school student armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire in a Texas high school, killing nine fellow mates and a teacher, authorities said. The attack is similar to the unpleasant happening at a Florida high school in February.
Students said the quiet student, identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, first opened fire in an art class at Santa Fe High School shortly before 8 a.m. CT (1300 GMT) on Friday. Scholars and staff run away from the class after seeing classmates injured and a fire alarm triggered a full evacuation. Following the firing, ten other people were also wounded in the attack. According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the suspect student left behind explosive devices.
Abbott said investigators had seen a T-shirt on the suspect’s Facebook page that read “Born to Kill,” and authorities were investigating the statement. However, no signs of planning an attack have been reported. During the press meet, the governor said. “Here, the red flag warnings were either non-existent or very imperceptible.”
Students mentioned that the suspect is a quiet student and a player in the football team. They also said he wore a trench coat to school on the day of shooting, when temperatures topped 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The case is similar to the incident occurred in Florida High School where 17 teens and educators were shot dead at a Parkland on February 14.
It has been reported that the suspect wanted to commit suicide after firing. . “Not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting,” Abbott said, citing a police review of the suspect’s journals. “He didn’t have the courage to commit suicide.” Two other people are in custody, Abbott said.
As of now, investigators are talking to the suspect, said Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Explosive devices were also found at the school, located about 30 miles (50 km) southeast of Houston, and off campus, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted.