A devastating incident
On Friday morning, a 17-year-old student had killed ten people as he was armed with the shotgun and a
pistol at Santa Fe High School. America is facing several school shooting incidents and this one has become the 22 nd incident this year. Serious mitigation measures need to be considered to stop these acts.
At Santa Fe High School, students were taking their class as per routine when they heard the alarm. They thought it as a part of their fire drill but somehow it turned into an actual incident. The suspect entered the school and then goes to an art classroom and opened fire with a shotgun. With the voice of fire, bell and the screaming, students began to run away to save themselves. Some went under the table to cover themselves. As reported by the students, the teachers were trying to help students in getting out of the school.
“It is with great sadness that I stand here to share with you that we experienced an unthinkable tragedy
at our high school this morning. We are grieving the loss of members of our SFISD family.” These were the words of Santa Fe independent school district superintendent Leigh Wal.
After the incident has been taken place, 10 people and a police officer were immediately shifted to the
hospital in a very critical condition. The police officer got injured while he was trying to protect the students by engaging the shooter. The seriousness of injuries is still unknown.
As told by the witnesses, the shooting incident took place at the time of 7.30am when all the routine
activities of the school were taken place. As the bell goes off, the students thought it as the fire drill.However, after the voices of shots and screaming, they ran to save their life.
About the suspect:
The suspect is a 17-year-old student named Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He was the former player of football in
the American team and was also a part of various religious events. He has already been taken into the custody of the police and charged with the murder. After the investigation, it was found out that the suspect has mentioned about conducting a shooting and then committing suicide into a writing journal before. When held by the police, he has given the statement that he started shooting with the intent to kill people. However, as per his words, he left the students who he likes so that they can forward his story to other people.
There were no warning signs at the school and the suspect does not possess any kind of criminal history. Moreover, the weapons he used were legally owned by his father. As per the official, there is a possibility that father does not know that his son is going to use these weapons on that day. Apart from the shotgun the suspect has used, some explosive material was also found at the school.The incident has left everyone devastated.