- Law-enforcement officials are looking for explosives at, and near, a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, following a shooting that killed at least 10 people and injured another 10.
- Authorities say they have reason to believe there was a “potential for explosive devices in other sites” after “various kinds of explosives” were found in the area.
- The explosives found so far include four pipe bombs, a Molotov cocktail, and a carbon dioxide device.
Law-enforcement officials are looking for explosives at, and near, a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, following a shooting that killed at least 10 people and injured another 10 on Friday.
The suspected gunman, who police identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was reportedly armed with a shotgun and a.38-calibre revolver, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
But Abbott noted that officials had reason to believe there was a “potential for explosive devices in other sites” after “various kinds of explosives” were found in the area. A carbon dioxide device and a Molotov cocktail were reportedly found in Pagourtzis’s home and vehicle.
A law-enforcement official also confirmed to MSNBC that four pipe bombs were discovered at the high-school.
Fox News reported that the origin of the devices was being investigated.
“Law enforcement is still in the process of undertaking searches and investigations of the entire scene and other locations,” Abbott said.
“This is just the beginning of what will be a very robust response,” Abbott said.
Pagourtzis, a student of the high-school, walked into an art class between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. on Friday and opened fire with what appeared to be a shotgun, according to students.
“We smelled the gunpowder and you could hear the shots,” one student said to KTRK. “We knew it was the real deal.”
John Barnes, a school resources officer, reportedly “stepped up to the plate” and confronted the shooter. Barnes was shot in the arm but is expected to recover after undergoing surgery.
Pagourtzis was arrested at the scene and is being held at Galveston County Jail on a capital murder charge.
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