Texas high school shooting
A second person is custody and believed to be a possible accomplice to the suspected gunman in the Texas school shooting, according to a law enforcement official said.
This person, who is 18 years old, is not the shooter, the law enforcement official said.
The Democratic mayor of Dallas has strong words in the wake of the shooting at a high school outside Houston.
In it, Mayor Mike Rawlings called on members of Congress to take “substantive action” to stop mass shootings and said “history will not look kindly upon those elected officials who failed to act in the face of repeated mass murders of our children.”
He added: “Spare us your thoughts and prayers and do your job.”
Texas Sen. John Cornyn said he's offered his assistance and plans to visit Santa Fe High School this afternoon following the fatal shooting.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured and killed at Santa Fe School District right outside of Galveston," he said.
Cornyn continued: "We all are standing by again and our hearts go out to those who are affected by this terrible tragedy.”
Investigators are searching a trailer where it is believed the IEDs found at the Texas High School were assembled, according to a law enforcement source, who says a pressure cooker has been found.
A law enforcement official says 10 people are dead in the Texas high school shooting; nine of those killed are students and one a teacher.
Two law enforcement officers are among those injured, the official says.
As to the explosive devices at the school, the official says pipe bombs and pressure cookers were found at the scene.
A 17-year old-male student suspected in today's shooting at Santa Fe High School is in custody, according to a law enforcement official.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at least eight people were killed.
Explosive devices were found at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas and the surrounding areas near the high school, according to Chief Walter Braun of Santa Fe Independent School District Police.
Braun said community members should be on alert for any suspicious devices, and call 9-1-1 if they find a suspicious device.
Police Chief Jeff Powell warned residents in the area to keep a vigilant watch for “suspicious items” as “there have been confirmed reports of explosives found both on the campus and off the campus.”
He didn’t elaborate.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry then added authorities did find “suspect material” off campus, and warned people, “Anything you see, please do not touch it.”
President Trump has called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in the wake of this morning’s deadly shooting.
“President Trump spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to offer his condolences for those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School," White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.
"The President pledged to work with the governor and provide all appropriate federal assistance.”
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just issued a statement on the shooting at Santa Fe High School.
In it, she said schools must be "safe and nurturing environments" and "we simply cannot allow this trend to continue."
Here's her full statement:
My heart is heavy from watching the horrific events that unfolded at Santa Fe High School today. My prayers are with each student, parent, educator and first responder impacted. Our schools must be safe and nurturing environments for learning. No student should have to experience the trauma suffered by so many today and in similar events prior. We simply cannot allow this trend to continue.
Every day, the Federal Commission on School Safety is working to identify proven ways to prevent violence and keep our students safe at school. Our work remains urgent. Our nation must come together and address the underlying issues that lead to such tragic and senseless loss of life.