Law enforcement officers are still searching Santa Fe High School in Texas and other locations for explosive devices after a gunman opened fire at the school on Friday morning, leaving at least 10 people dead and another 10 injured in what Gov. Greg Abbott labeled “the worst disaster to ever strike this community.”
The suspect 17 year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is in custody in connection with the shooting. Pagourtzis allegedly used a shotgun and a .38 revolver in the attack, Abbott said in an afternoon press conference.
“Various kinds of explosives,” including a “CO2 device” and a Molotov cocktail, were also found in a home and a vehicle and there is potential for explosive devices in other sites being investigated” the governor said.
It appears the devices were made by the shooter but that could not be “solidly confirmed.” Officials are still “working on a total number of explosive devices,” which may be in the suspect’s “house, car and other two locations. Law enforcement is still in the process of undertaking searches and investigations of the entire scene and other locations this is just the beginning of what will be a very robust response” the governor added.
President Trump has since ordered the American flag be “flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 22, 2018.”