A Friday morning school shooting in Texas resulted in the deaths of 10 people, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, but police also discovered pressure cookers and pipe bombs around the school.
Santa Fe High School was the site of this morning’s shooting. The gunfire was first reported at about 7:40 a.m. Friday.
CBS News reports:
The suspect in custody was identified as, 17, of Santa Fe, according to law enforcement sources. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a male suspect was in custody and a person of interest was detained and questioned. He didn’t identify the two but said both were believed to be students at the school.
Gonzalez said most of those killed were students.
Police found pressure cookers and pipe bombs around the school, a law enforcement source told CBS News.
There was an active search for explosives, a federal law enforcement source told CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues. Authorities were in the process of rendering them safe and asked the public to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
Sources confirmed to Pegues that authorities were searching property related to the suspect.
“There have been confirmed reports of explosives found on the campus and off the campus,” Santa Fe Police Chief Jeff Powell said. “That’s our main concern is to keep our community safe.”
Two students say their friend saw a kid with a gun and pulled a fire alarm as they fled the campus during the shooting. A teacher also pulled the fire alarm, witnesses said.
A sophomore says it was “chaos” when the fire alarm sounded and people realized it was an active shooter situation. John Robinson, 16, says he was in first period English class when the fire alarm went off.
“Everybody was just trying to get away from the school. They kept saying there was a shooter, people were shot,” Robinson says.
He says he felt scared and simply wanted to get as far away from the school as possible.
As of 10 a.m. law enforcement was still sweeping the campus for the possibility of explosive devices, a threat they said they were taking “very seriously.” They are also looking for other potential victims or students hiding in fear.
By 11 a.m. authorities were at another scene, about two miles from the school, where authorities say they were investigating the possibility of explosive devices inside a mobile home. Authorities later confirmed explosive devices were found both inside and around the school.
— Melissa Correa (@KHOUmelissa) May 18, 2018
Governor Abbott called the shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”
Like Columbine in 1999, this incident apparently involves at least two suspects.
The weapons used in the massacre were a .38 revolver and a shotgun that belonged to the suspect’s father, according to the governor.
“I have no information if the father was aware the son had taken these weapons from the father,” Abbott said.
Unlike the Parkland, Florida shooting, students actually witnessed one of the boys with a shotgun.
Reports are that 9 students and 1 teacher were killed in that attack.
Some of the students at the high school participated in the George Soros-funded and David Hogg-driven walkout in March to call for gun confiscation legislation, instead of demanding an end to gun free zones, which would open up campuses for concealed carry to stop criminals who engage in such activity as the alleged suspects did today.
While we mourn the tragedy, it could have been easily avoided or stopped altogether if we didn’t have pretended legislation in place that is hamstringing law-abiding teachers and staff at schools regarding their God-given right to keep and bear arms.
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