Celebrities and Politicians React to Deadly Texas School Shooting

A gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Credit: YouTube)

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.

A gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Credit: YouTube)
A gunman opened fire at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Credit: YouTube)

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.”

“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.”

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.

Actor John Leguizamo replied to Skolnik by saying: “Tragic that this happens here in America!”

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.

 

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