As many as 10 people were killed Friday in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, local authorities said.
The gunfire was first reported at Santa Fe High School around 7:30 a.m., according to the Houston Chronicle.
The school is located about 30 miles from Houston.
Shortly after the shooting occurred, Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters there “could be 8 to 10 fatalities.”
Gonzalez later said a male suspect had been taken into custody and a person of interest was detained.
The suspected gunman was identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, authorities said.
Celebrities, politicians and survivors of the recent Parkland school shooting in Florida reacted to the violence on social media.
“You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers,” tweeted Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez. “And after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.”
Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 18, 2018
“Location” singer Khalid, who attended high school in El Paso, Texas, called for stricter gun control laws.
“Something needs to change,” he wrote on Twitter. “Kids should not have to fear for their life while going to school, they should feel safe. We need control.”
My prayers go out to everyone affected by the Santa Fe School shooting. Something needs to change. kids should not have to fear for their life while going to school, they should feel safe. We need control
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) May 18, 2018
Civil rights activist Michael Skolnik reminded his followers there have been nearly two dozen school shootings in the country this year.
“Santa Fe High School is the 22nd school shooting in America in 2018,” he tweeted.
Santa Fe High School is the 22nd school shooting in America in 2018.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) May 18, 2018
Actor John Leguizamo replied to Skolnik by saying: “Tragic that this happens here in America!”
Tragic that this happens here in America! https://t.co/Dg3P4TKCHc
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) May 18, 2018
In a video posted to YouTube, a student at Santa Fe High School said she was told to “run, run.”
“The next thing we heard was boom, boom, and then everybody started running” she said through tears. “I tried to make it to the safest place I could, as fast as I can.”
The gunman was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, a pistol and a shotgun, according to the Chronicle.
CBS News reported police also found pressure cookers and pipe bombs around the campus.
Pagourtzis was said to be a junior at the school. He plays on the Santa Fe High School junior varsity football team, and participates in a dance squad at a local Greek Orthodox church, CBS reported.
A search of his social media accounts showed a picture of a T-shirt with “Born to Kill” written across the front. There were also photos of clothes decorated with Nazi symbols.
You can read more reactions to the shooting below.
We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. 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… pic.twitter.com/LtJ0D29Hsv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
Heartbroken again by these horrible events. Santa Fe, Texas, we stand with you.
— Fergie (@Fergie) May 18, 2018
This is becoming intolerable and too terrifying. If I were a parent with children in school, I would be worried everytime they left in the morning. And yet all the President talks about his b.s. all day long. It's always about him. But the NRA: November. "Santa Fe High School"
— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) May 18, 2018
Every day that we fail to act on gun violence, we are failing our children. This should be a day for soul searching across America – and that soul searching should be matched with legislating to begin dealing with this national shame.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 18, 2018
More dead children.
WE CAN’T CONTINUE THIS MADNESS! WE ARE DONE!
We’re done with your—“the @NRA didn’t pull the trigger”—spin. We are done with your pity, thoughts and prayers.
You flooded America with guns.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 18, 2018
Houston Rockets' Chris Paul on deadly shooting at nearby Santa Fe High School: “It’s scary that that’s becoming a norm here, and we've got to do something about it, because I can’t imagine something like that taking place with my kids." https://t.co/qde62c3qfe pic.twitter.com/pTrwxkU8ni
— ABC News (@ABC) May 18, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas that has resulted in the loss of precious lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire community and to all those who were personally touched by this tragedy. #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/tedH6cH2rG
— T.D. Jakes (@BishopJakes) May 18, 2018