Texas high school shooting

8:06 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

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8:04 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Texas governor: "No community should ever have to go through this again"

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, speaking at a vigil tonight, assured residents that their voices will be heard.

Abbott will be holding public roundtables on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to seek input from Texans and "come up with answers to address the challenge that Santa Fe faced today," he said.

"We have one common goal: no child, no parent, no student, no community should ever have to go through this again," he said.
7:32 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Santa Fe schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday

All schools in the Santa Fe Independent School District will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, the district said.

"The Santa Fe Independent School District is committed to ensuring that all of our students and staff receive the care and support they need during this tragic time," the district said in a statement.

The district said school counselors and other support resources will be available for students and staff.

"We know that our students and staff are going to need counseling to help them grieve," the district said. "They also are going to need an outlet to share their fears and concerns."

7:23 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Texas shooting suspect makes first court appearance

Texas shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis made his first court appearance this evening in Galveston, Texas.

Pagourtzis, who appeared on video, told the judge he is a citizen and requested a court-appointed attorney during the brief appearance.

He is being charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant, the judge said.

Pagourtzis, 17, did not enter a plea and his bond was denied.

7:10 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Houston mayor: School districts need metal detectors

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called on school districts across Texas to considering installing metal detectors on campuses following today's shooting at Santa Fe High School.

“School districts across Texas should consider installing metal detectors in all campus buildings," he said in a statement.

Turner said the detectors would detect weapons and deter anyone who is considers bringing a weapon into school.

"As we care about protecting travelers and visitors to federal, state and locally owned buildings, we must also show the same sense of urgency, concern, and compassion toward children and adults in schools," he said.

"Schools must be made to be as safe as airports and government buildings.”
6:56 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Galveston County judge: "There were really no warning signs"

Investigators ran a criminal history check on the Texas shooting suspect and found no prior contacts with police, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry told CNN.

"What was briefed to the governor and myself was that there were really no warning signs," he told CNN. "They were so subtle that they would have been missed. We have not been able to ascertain any criminal history of the suspect so far or any outward overtures that would be concerning to anyone."

Henry said two explosive devices were found today, but "neither device was capable of detonating or discharging."

"They were two crude attempts to make an IED-looking device but not one that would function," he said.

Authorities, he said, are looking to question a person of interest. Henry said they did not "immediately see a direct connection between the person of interest and the suspect."

6:48 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Santa Fe High School will remain a crime scene "for some time," FBI says

Santa Fe High School and surrounding areas will remain a crime scene "for some time," as the investigation continues, the FBI's Houston field office tweeted this evening.

The FBI also asked people to "please avoid the area."

In a second tweet, the FBI said it was using several emergency response teams to comb through the scene.