At least ten dead in shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas

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first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SANTA FE, Texas) —  At least ten people are dead after a student allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday morning, sending students fleeing for their lives, said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.Ten others were wounded, including a police officer, officials said.A teacher is among the dead, according to law enforcement officials.Gov. Abbott called the shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve seen in the history of Texas schools.”The suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is in custody and has been charged with capital murder, officials said. The suspect allegedly wrote in journals that he wanted to carry out the shooting and then commit suicide, but he gave himself up to authorities, according to Abbott.At the Santa Fe Police Department, Pagourtzis gave a statement admitting to shooting multiple people inside the school with the intent of killing people, according to an probable cause affidavit.Pagourtzis also allegedly stated during the interview that he did not shoot students he liked “so he could have his story told,” the affidavit states.There were no warning signs and the suspect doesn’t have a criminal history, officials said.A second individual, a person of interest, was detained earlier, officials said.Two weapons were used in the massacre — a shotgun and a .38 revolver — both of which appear to be legally owned by the suspect’s father, the governor said.“I have no information if the father was aware the son had taken these weapons from the father,” Abbott added.Explosive devices were also found at the school, and devices including a Molotov cocktail were found in a car and a home, authorities said.Community members are warned to be on the lookout for suspicious items, officials said.Friday morning’s shooting took place in an art class, witnesses said, ABC station KTRK in Houston reported.Freshman Peter Matuza was in art class this morning when he heard two explosions and ducked under a table, he said.The gunman shot Peter’s friend with a shotgun before turning and opening fire with a revolver, Peter told ABC News.Students were running and screaming and one student flipped a table over for cover, Peter said.Peter said he made eye contact with the suspect, noting, “he had a face of rage.”“He could have killed me right there,” he said.The gunman then “walked through a closet that went straight to the adjacent art room and began opening fire in there, as well,” Peter said.Bryton Sumbles, a former football player for the school, told ABC News that he reported Pagourtzis to teachers in the past because he thought it was odd that he would wear trench coats in 97-degree weather, and he thought it would be easy to hide a gun under the coat. Nothing seemed to come from the report, Sumbles said.Another former football player, Zefe Nunez, said he remembers Pagourtzis as being incredibly quiet and that he wouldn’t talk to anyone. Nunez was in the first classroom that Pagourtzis allegedly fired on, and he flipped a desk to shelter himself and a classmate as glass shattered around him.Nunez said he ran away while Pagourtzis was allegedly reloading, adding that he was wearing the same black trench coat he would always wear.“I heard the [fire] alarms and everybody ran out,” tenth-grader Dakota Shrader told KTRK. “At first all we heard was ‘run, run,’ and next thing you know we hear, ‘boom, boom, boom.’” “Everybody started running,” she said, “and I tried to make it to the safest place that I could as fast as I can. I called my mom right away.”“She couldn’t breathe, she was having an asthma attack,” her mom added. “I didn’t even know where to find her.”Among the injured is school district police officer John Barnes, who is in critical condition. Barnes, a retired Houston police officer, was shot in the arm and suffered major bleeding, hospital officials said.Two school district officers on campus were able to confront the shooter early on, authorities said.As students lined up outside the building, ambulances, helicopters and federal agents swarmed the school in Santa Fe, between Galveston and Houston.Cameras in the school are expected to provide a lot of information, said officials.“I’m scared to even go back,” said one student, crying. “It’s just not something that you should feel throughout the day, being scared. Especially somewhere where we say the Pledge of Allegiance.”“It has been happening everywhere. I wasn’t surprised it happened here,” one student told KTRK. “I was just scared. I just kept running.” Friday’s shooting comes three months after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting that killed 17 students and staff. The Parkland massacre prompted a massive, youth-led push for school safety and gun reform.Just last month students at Santa Fe High School participated in a nationwide school walkout against school gun violence. The walkout was held on April 20 — the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre that killed 13.A Santa Fe student said they read poems by a Parkland survivor, held 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 people killed in Parkland, and discussed ways they could raise gun violence awareness and make their voices heard. School shootings have “been going on too long in our country,” President Trump said Friday from the White House.“Too many years, too many decades now, we grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack,” he said.“My prayers are with each student, parent, educator and first responder impacted,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. “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,” she said. “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.”Abbott said it’s time to “make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again.”He said roundtable discussions with parents, students and educators will be held.“We want to hear from everybody who has an interest in what has happened today so we can work together on putting together laws that will protect second amendment rights but at the same time ensure that our communities and especially our schools are safer places,” Abbott said.“My prayers are with each student, parent, educator and first responder impacted,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. “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,” she said. “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.”President Trump has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in memory of the victims.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

What the median house price gets you on the Gold Coast

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first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Location dictates price with homes closer to the beach, shopping centres and transport bumping values up. The Coast’s median price is expected to continue to climb.“If you’re located close to Pacific Fair, generally you will pay a premium on that. “It’s the same with houses near Robina Town Centre and potentially Westfield Coomera. Those big infrastructure projects generally help with the pricing of property.”REIQ director John Newlands said inland suburbs including Ashmore, Robina and parts of Burleigh and Palm Beach offered more homes with prices close to the median.While he didn’t think million-dollar properties would dominate the Coast market any time soon, he believed the median would continue to climb.“It’s certainly showing growth and I still see it growing,” he said. “It’s starting to creep up there, but I still think it’s quite affordable.”McGrath Palm Beach agent Lisa Hale said there were plenty of older homes in Elanora and Palm Beach in the $600,000 to $700,000 range.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“You have a lot of older-style homes in Elanora but they are on good-sized blocks and flat blocks,” she said. “For what you get, it’s still quite affordable. “There’s definitely still good buying in that area.”Vendor Norman Herfurth has his Elanora property on the market with a listing price of $600,000-$650,000. Inside Mr Herfurth’s Elanora property. Picture: Jerad WilliamsHe spent three months renovating the property at 15 Carilla Place, Elanora.“It was quite a well-built house but just neglected,” he said. “It’s a good location and it’s a good property to get your foot in the market.”Ray White Oxenford agent Gail Norton warned prospective buyers to use median house prices for each suburb as a guide only. In some suburbs, including Pimpama, Upper Coomera and parts of Ormeau, she said there were a mix of houses, acreage properties, units and townhouses, which often skewed the median. The Gold Coast’s median house price at the moment is $655,000. Norman Herfurth is the owner of an Elanora property he’s selling in that price range. Picture: Jerad WilliamsTHE Gold Coast is renowned for its multimillion-dollar mansions but the average house in the region is worth much less.Latest CoreLogic data shows the median house price on the Coast is in fact $655,000 — up from $627,000 at the same time last year.So where can house hunters actually buy a house in that price range?REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said location dictated price with homes closer to the beach, shopping centres and transport bumping values up.“Location is going to make a big impact on what you get,” he said.center_img WHAT YOU CAN BUY FOR THE GOLD COAST’S MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE: Norman Herfurth spent three months renovating his Elanora house before listing it. Picture: Jerad Williams North: 10 Rundle Ave, Pimpama — $625,000-$660,000South: 15 Carilla Place, Elanora — $600,000 — $650,000Central: 38 Dandar Drive, Southport — Offers over $610,000Beach: 15 Coombabah Rd, Runaway Bay — $685,000Hinterland: 5-7 Doomben Court, Beechmont — $649,000last_img read more

Kotoko hit 5 past Jagodina from Serbia

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first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko whipped FC Jagodina 5-0 on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium to climax their 80th anniversary celebration.Three first half goals from Theophilus Nyame, Amos Frimpong and Eric Donkor, before Donkor again and Dauda Mohammed added two goals in the second half to seal the doom of FC Jagodina.The game which was supposed to come on last year was rescheduled to 2016 and the opponent was changed twice, but the long awaited international game was played today and the host club kicked the ground running right from the kick off by breaking the deadlock in the 12th minute through Theophilus Nyame who joined them from Hasaacas.The 14th placed relegation threatened side in the 16-club Serbian league were a pale shadow of themselves as they had to wait until the 30th minute to get their first shot on target.Amos Frimpong, the skipper of the Porcupine Warriors doubled their lead in the 14th minute, before the ever improving Eric Donkor made it 3-0 in the 32th with a niceThe 2 half started with Kotoko still dictating the pace of the game and Eric Donkor endured their dominance was rewarded with the 4 goal in the 56th minute, which was his second on the night, before Dauda Mohammed nailed the Serbian outfit in the coffin with the 5th goal in the 61th minute. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more