10 killed in TX school shooting

Prayer vigils planned following deadly high school shooting.

May 18, 2018


Police patrol the grounds of Santa Fe High School following the Texas shooting.
Credit: Arcadia Christian Church

As many as 10 people were killed Friday morning as they prepared to begin the school day at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County. The alleged shooter was arrested at the scene.

Several public prayer vigils are planned this evening including a service at Chocolate Bayou Cowboy Church which announced on its Facebook page that counselors would be available.

According to police reports, the suspect is a student at the school. Classmates suggested to reporters that the suspect may have been bullied.

Several explosive devices were found this morning around the school. Officials warned nearby residents to call if they saw anything out of place.

Approximately 1,400 students attend the southeast Texas school. Santa Fe is located about 30 miles south of Houston.

Faith leaders expressed their shock and support for families of the victims and survivors. "I grieve, pray and weep with the families of the victims at Santa Fe High School and others involved. This is a cruel and senseless act of violence," said Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has offered its assistance to the local presbytery.

"Santa Fe, we are with you, and we will do whatever we can to support you as the days go on," March for our Lives, the activist group formed following February's high school shooting in Parkland, FL.

According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the suspect used a shotgun and a .38 revolver both of which were legally owned by his father.


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