At least 10 killed at Houston area high school shooting, suspect in custody

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Multiple people were killed at a Texas high school Friday morning. Authorities are still in the process right now of making things safe, saying suspected explosive devices have been found at the school and off campus.  

Meanwhile, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed multiple people have died, saying 10 people were dead and another 10 were injured. He said a majority of the victims are students but also includes some adult staff members. 

Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun said at least 6 other people have been taken to the hospital, including a school police officer who had been shot. He didn't elaborate on any of the victims' conditions.

One person has been taken into custody, and a second person of interest has been detained. Gonzales said both of those people are believed to be students, but didn't provide any other details. A law enforcement official later identified the suspect in custody as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

Police were dispatched to the school in Santa Fe, Texas, which is about 30 miles south of Houston, just before 8 a.m. CST after a report of shots fired. 

Zach Muehe, a sophomore at the school, told FOX 26 in Houston that he saw another student from his football class come into his classroom and start shooting. Muehe says he then ran to another classroom to alert a teacher to evacuate the school. He says the teacher then pulled a fire alarm while evacuating students.

Students talk about the moment shots were fired at Santa Fe High School

Vice President Mike Pence says he and President Donald Trump have been briefed on the school shooting. 

Pence said the students, families, teachers and all those affected should know: "`We're with you. You're in our prayers and I know you are in the prayers of the American people." 

Trump adds in a tweet that, "Early reports not looking good. God bless all!" 

First lady Melania Trump is also weighing on Twitter. She says, "My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today." 

This is a developing story. Check back to this story for more information.


The Associated Press contributed to this report