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Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, gave himself up to cops after a gunfight – but had intended on killing himself before deciding he could not go through with it, said police in Santa Fe, Texas.
He is being held on charges of murder and aggravated assault – and it has emerged he wrote about his sinister plans online, on his phone and in journals.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said ten people were killed and ten others were wounded in the early morning rampage at Santa Fe High School.
The first victim was last night identified as Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh.
The Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC confirmed her identity, while the manager of her exchange program, Megan Lysaght, said: "It is with great sadness in my heart that I need to inform you that one of our YES students, Sabika Sheikh of Pakistan, was killed today in the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas."
Another victim has been named in local media as substitute teacher Ann Perkins.
He added of the suspect: "He gave himself up and admitted at the time he didn’t have the courage to commit suicide, that he wanted to take his own life earlier."
School district police officer John Barnes, 49, who was shot in the arm, is among the wounded.
Explosive devices, including a Molotov cocktail, have also been found in the suspected gunman's home and a vehicle as well as around the school.
It is not known how many devices have been found.
The suspected shooter was arrested after exchanging fire with police at Santa Fe High School, in Texas.
Pagourtzis is believed to play on the school's junior varsity football team and is a member of a dance squad with a local Greek Orthodox church.
Last night a Texas judge denied him bail.
The shotgun and pistol both belonged to Pagourtzis' father but it is not clear if he knew his son had taken them.
Governor Abbott also added that "one or two" other people of interest were being interviewed.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said: "There is one person, a suspect, in custody and a second possible person of interest that is detained and being questioned."
US news outlets are also reporting a mobile home has been surrounded which is suspected to be the home of the shooter.
Santa Fe Police Chief Jeff Powell said: "There have been explosive devices found inside the high school, and in the surrounding areas adjacent to the high school."
He said a Santa Fe school police officer was among the injured.
The school's assistant principal Cris Richardson said a suspect had been arrested.
Richardson said: "We hope the worst is over, and I really can't say any more about that because it would be pure speculation."
A witness told CNN that the shooter entered an art class and opened fire hitting one girl in the leg.
The teen suspect shot three people inside the classroom prompting other students to flee before the gunman opened fire in other parts of the campus, reports local media.
One witness reportedly said the suspect was armed with a pistol and a shotgun and "always walked around in a trench coat".
At least one police officer was wounded during the gun fight with the youngster, according to reports.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
- Student walked into an art classroom in Santa Fe High School, in Texas, opened fire shooting at least three people as pupils fled in terror
- Unnamed teen gunman was reportedly armed with a sawn off shotgun and a pistol
- The suspect has been arrested after a shootout with police
- Student said he "always walked around in a trench coat"
- Unconfirmed claims that shooter was armed with "pipe bombs"
- At least ten people have reportedly been killed
- One of the teachers, who is an ex-Marine, pulled the fire alarm at around 7.45am in effort to warn of active shooter.
- Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, said: “We started hearing gunshots. Everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we're all just running away."
- President Trump tweeted: “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!”
Footage from a CBS news helicopter shows dozens of teens being evacuated on the grass outside the school.
A student said that a teacher, who is a former US marine, pulled the fire alarm to alert others, reports KTRK.
Student Leila Butler told ABC13 that the alarms sounded at around 7.45am local time prompting teenagers to flee their classrooms.
She told the news outlet that she heard gun shots being fired and is currently sheltering with teachers and fellow students near the campus.
Speaking to CNN, student Angelica Martinez, 14, said she heard gunshots after being evacuated.
She said: "We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots.
"And then everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we're all just running away."
"I didn't see anybody shooting, but like (the gunshots) were kind of spaced.”
Angelica said she heard about four shots.
Two hospitals south of Houston said they had received nine patients from the school shooting.
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center said it admitted seven, and Mainland Medical Center received two.
President Donald Trump, speaking at a prison reform event at the White House, described the attack as "absolutely horrific".
He said: "My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves, and to others."
Santa Fe, which is 30 miles outside of Houston, has a population of around 13,000 while the school has about 1,400 students, according to GreatSchool.org.
The death toll makes events in Santa Fe the deadliest school shooting since the one in February at Parkland, Florida when 17 people were killed.
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