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What you need to know

  • The shooting: The gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday. Police arrived on scene and engaged in a shootout that lasted 25 minutes.
  • The victims: Ten people were killed. One of the students killed had rejected the suspect’s advances for months, her mother said.
  • The suspect: Authorities identified the gunman as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17. He was armed with a shotgun and a .38 caliber handgun.
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Suspect's father owned guns used in Texas shooting, DPS says

Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that the weapons used in Friday’s school shooting were owned by the suspect’s father.

“We can confirm the firearms, a shotgun and a .38 caliber revolver, were legally owned by the father,” DPS Press Secretary Tom Vinger said in an email to CNN.

Police detective learned his mother was dead while assisting officers in school shooting

Reice Tisdale, Jr., a police detective, was off-duty Friday when he learned about the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Tisdale’s mother, Cynthia Tisdale, worked a substitute teacher at Santa Fe high, and his daughter also went there, according to his statement, which was read on his behalf at a news conference on Monday.

Tisdale, who lives only 10 minutes from the school, immediately gathered his gear and headed to the campus to help.

“Once the scene was somewhat secure, I was contacted by my father who could not reach my mom,” he said. “I knew that two female teachers had been killed along with several students.”

Tisdale said his mother “enjoyed helping others so much” that she decided to work as a substitute teacher for children with special needs.

“She worked at the school not out of necessity but for the love of teaching and helping others,” he said. “To know my mom was to know a person who lived to help those in need. We loved our mother very much. Grammy you will be missed.”

Pagourtzis' attorneys ask for Texas school shooting investigative files

Attorneys for alleged Santa Fe High School shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis formally requested copies of investigatory documents and video from the scene of Friday’s shooting in a letter sent to the Galveston County district attorney’s office and shared with CNN Monday.

In the letter, attorneys Nicholas Poehl and Robert Barfield also ask for copies of “any journal, books, accounts, ledgers, letters, photographs or other tangible objects involved in the investigation and/or prosecution of this offense.” 

The attorneys also seek any recordings or documentation of interviews with 17-year-old Pagourtzis and any potential witnesses. 

Pagourtzis is currently in solitary confinement at the Galveston County jail.

He is accused of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant. His attorneys have said they plan to fight the charges. 

Sheriff says he doesn't believe shooting victims were hit by crossfire

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said he does not believe any students, faculty or first responders were hit by crossfire between the gunman and officers.

But Trochesset said authorities are waiting for the medical examiner’s autopsies to make that determination.

Galveston County sheriff: "Did it hit home? It did"

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said “heroes” working with the school district engaged the shooter within 4 minutes, and remained engaged with him until additional law enforcement arrived to the scene to help evacuate students.

Four minutes is about the only timeline that we need to key in on,” he said.

In a press conference, Trochesset aimed to dispel rumors in the neighborhood.

“This tragedy in this community touches home more than you’d imagine,” he said.

Trochesset said his wife went to Santa Fe High School and his children and grandchildren also go to there. His granddaughter was in a room three doors down from where the shooting happened, he said.

“Did it hit home? It did,” he said.

“It hurts. The families are hurting.”

Students to return to school on May 29

Students in the Santa Fe Independent School District will return to school on May 29, a school official said at a news conference this afternoon.

Teachers and support staff return this Wednesday, according to Patti Hanssard, assistant superintendent for human resources.

Governor's campaign changes gun giveaway after school shooting

Gov. Greg Abbott’s reelection campaign has changed a gun giveaway on its website following last week’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School.

The campaign was previously giving away what it called a “Texas-made shotgun,” but that has now changed to a $250 gift certificate due to the shooting, campaign spokesman John Wittman told CNN.

Texas governor will hold first roundtable on school safety tomorrow

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will host roundtable discussions starting tomorrow in the hopes of developing solutions to improve school safety statewide.

Parents, teachers, students, lawmakers, school administrators and mass shooting victims were invited to attend the roundtables. The discussions will also include proponents for and against gun regulations.

The first roundtable will be at the Texas Capitol, where additional discussions will also be held on Wednesday and Thursday.

She was a "strong, independent young lady," pastor says

Youth Pastor Richard Pourchot said 15-year-old Angelique Ramirez, one of the Texas shooting victims, always had a smile and embraced her unique style.

“I’ve had the opportunity to see her grow into a young woman. She had a unique style of her own,” he told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.

Here are the charges the shooting suspect faces

New court documents revealed the series of charges that Texas school shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis is facing.

He is charged with:

  • Capital murder of multiple persons
  • Aggravated assault against public servant

Dimitrios, 17, is being held without bail.

The court documents also indicated that he lived with his parents and never worked.

School cameras will help investigators piece together the shooting timeline

Deputies were in a 25-minute shootout with Texas school gunman on Friday in Santa Fe, authorities said.

By the end of the melee, eight students and two teachers were killed. The suspect was taken into custody.

Officers arrived at the school’s art lab section about four minutes into the shooting and engaged the shooter right away, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset told CNN.

It’s unclear whether all the victims were shot by the suspect, or whether some were shot by deputies during the crossfire. Trochesset said authorities are waiting for the medical examiner’s autopsies to make that determination.

A “decent amount of cameras in the school” will help investigators piece together a timeline, Trochesset said.

Mourners hold moment of silence outside Santa Fe High School

A moment of silence was held this morning outside Santa Fe High School to honor the victims of Friday’s shooting.

In a somber moment captured by reporters for CNN affiliates KHOU and KPRC, mourners placed their hands on a series of memorial crosses outside the high school and looked down as they quietly remembered the victims.

Students stage die-in outside Texas governor's mansion

Local students staged a die-in Sunday night outside the Texas governor’s mansion in downtown Austin.

They are seeking common-sense gun laws following Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School, CNN affiliate KXAN reported. The “die-in” went on for 23 minutes — a minute for every school shooting since the school year started.

Hospital gives update on two victims

University of Texas Medical Branch tweeted on Monday morning that two of the shooting victims are still in the hospital. One of them is in critical condition.

The shooter's guns are still being processed

A law enforcement official tells CNN that authorities are still trying to determine whether the shooter got the two guns used in the incident from his father. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday, “It’s my information that both of the guns used in the Santa Fe, Texas high school shooting were obtained from his father.”

However, the law enforcement official says it has not been determined if the shooter got guns from his father.

The weapons used in the shooting were a sawed-off shot gun (which is illegal without a permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and a .38 caliber handgun purchased in the early 1990s, the official said.

Investigators have identified the original buyers, but how the weapons went from original buyer(s) ultimately to the shooter is still being determined, the official said.

CNN has reached out to the governor’s office for comment.

The shooting suspect cannot get the death penalty or life without parole

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his hope was that the 17-year-old accused of killing 10 people there gets “swift Texas justice.”

But no matter the legal case ahead, that Texas justice will not include the death penalty. In fact, the harshest punishment the suspect can receive is life with the possibility of parole.

That’s due to his age and two Supreme Court cases. Read more here.

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Go Deeper

Shootout between Texas school gunman and deputies lasted 25 minutes
These are the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting
Texas governor's website continues to tout shotgun giveaway
Dimitrios Pagourtzis identified as Santa Fe High shooter