Offbeat Santa Fe school shooting is 2nd this week, 3rd this month and 16th this year

00:00  19 may  2018
00:00  19 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Texas school shooting suspect ID'd as 17-year-old student

  Texas school shooting suspect ID'd as 17-year-old student Law enforcement official identifies person in custody in Texas school shooting as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. The official was not authorized to discuss the shooting by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.Authorities say eight to 10 people, mostly students, were killed in the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida that gave rise to a campaign by teens for gun control.A woman who answered the phone at a number associated with the Pagourtzis family declined to speak with the AP.She said: "Give us our time right now, thank you.

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Early this morning, at least 10 people were shot and killed at Santa Fe High School near Galveston, Tex.

The incident is the second school shooting in the United States this week, according to a Washington Post database of school shootings. After the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., a new generation of student activists vowed “never again.” The Santa Fe shooting is the 10th school shooting since then.

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The Washington Post's database has tallied 220 school shootings since the April 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 2018 is shaping up to be the worst year for school shootings in America in The Post's database: The 16 shootings that have occurred this year tie 2018 with 2014 for the largest number of shootings in a given year. It is only May.

Cruz speaks out in wake of Sante Fe shooting

  Cruz speaks out in wake of Sante Fe shooting "Once again, Texas has seen the face of evil," Senator Ted Cruz told reporters in Santa Fe following the deadly school shooting on Friday. "What happened this morning here in Santa Fe defies words.""The agony, the hell, that parents, that this community is going through is unimaginable," Cruz said. "Everyone of us that's a parent that sends our sons or daughters off to school in the morning, to have this horror great them."Cruz said Texas and the nation are grieving with the Sante Fe community, located roughly 30 miles south of Houston.

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The Post database includes every discharge of firearms at a primary or secondary school during school hours. As such, its overall tally is lower than some other counts of school shootings, which include events that happen after school hours. The Post database does not include accidental discharges of firearms that injure nobody beyond the person handling the gun. Injuries or fatalities to the shooters are also not included in the tally.

The 220 shootings have occurred at schools in 40 states plus the District of Columbia.

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There's no immediately discernible geographic pattern to the shootings. Most have occurred in high-population states, such as California, Florida and Texas. New York, however, stands out for having a high population (it's the fourth-most-populous state in the nation) and a low number of school shootings (three). Louisiana has seen more than three times as many school shootings as New York, despite having less than one-quarter of the population.

Accused Texas high school gunman described as bullied loner in a trench coat

  Accused Texas high school gunman described as bullied loner in a trench coat The teen accused of killing 10 people in a mass shooting at his Texas high school on Friday was described by fellow students as a quiet loner who played football but kept to himself and was reportedly the victim of some bullying. © REUTERS A picture shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting in Santa Fe, Texas The suspect, identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was a junior at Santa Fe High School near Houston. Classmates remembered he often wore a trench coat, similar to the garment authorities said the assailant used to conceal the two firearms he carried into the school.

Roughly one-quarter of the school shootings in the Post database involve no injuries or fatalities to students. But that doesn't mean that students weren't in mortal danger. Earlier this week, just such a shooting occurred at Dixon High School in Illinois, when authorities said a former student walked into a school and began shooting near the gym. He was chased off by an armed school resource officer before any students were injured.

While the injured and dead are still being counted in Santa Fe, preliminary tallies by local authorities would place the incident as the nation's fourth-deadliest school shooting, following only by Columbine, Parkland and Newtown, Conn.

The Latest: Adult and child hurt in Indiana school shooting .
An official says an adult and a child were injured in a shooting at an Indiana middle school and were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis. Indiana University Health spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said the adult victim in Friday morning's attack at Noblesville West Middle School northeast of Indianapolis was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and the child was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. She had no information on their ages or the seriousness of their injuries.Authorities say the suspect is believed to have acted alone and was taken into custody.

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