In Santa Fe, teachers' yells sent students scrambling for safety

SANTA FE, Texas — Yolanda Cadriel had thought it was a normal drill when the fire alarm went off in her first-period class at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning, and she and others filed out — until a teacher ran up and told her and her classmates to run.

She and the other students who had been waiting on school grounds for the principal to call them back to class took off running and sought shelter behind Indian Automotive across the street.

The narrow strip of space behind the windowless building where state vehicle inspections and repairs are done became the barrier between students and the carnage taking place in their school.

"A teacher that I know, he ran up to us and told us to run across the highway and we went to Indian Automotive. I never heard the shots, I didn't know what was happening," said Cadriel, 18, a senior. "They told us to hide behind the buildings and cars."

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Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least ten people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least ten people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: (Editor's Note: Best images quality available) In this handout photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office, Dimitrios Pagourtzis poses for a mugshot after his arrest on May 18, 2018 in Sante Fe, Texas. Pagourtzis is suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 10 more in a mass shooting at a Sante Fe high school. (Photo by Galveston County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Texas City Police Department SWAT vehicle leaves the scene at Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers are responding to Santa Fe High School following a shooting incident in this Harris County Sheriff office, Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., photo released on May 18, 2018. Courtesy HCSO/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Sen. Ted Cruz (C) speaks as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Galveston County Judge Mark Henry look on speaks during a press conference about the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Santa Fe High School closed after a lone gunman opened fire in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: ATF agents arrive on location at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Highway 6 closed by police officials after a lone gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Security forces take security measures back of Santa Fe High School after a lone gunman opened fire in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Police direct traffic at a road closure after a lone gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An FBI agent is seen in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Texas City Police Department SWAT vehicle leaves the scene at Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL, SANTA FE, TEXAS - MAY 10, 2018: DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
An FBI agent is seen in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency crews and police gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Security forces take security measures around the site after a lone gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 8 people were killed and several were wounded on shooting. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
An FBI agent is seen in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least ten people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least ten people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Emergency crews stage in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least 10 students were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Emergency crews stage in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least 10 students were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: A Life Flight helicopter takes off from Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Emergency medical personnel stage in the Santa Fe High School parking lot where 10 students were shot and killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers are responding to Santa Fe High School following a shooting incident in this Harris County Sheriff office, Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., photo released on May 18, 2018. Courtesy HCSO/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: ATF agents arrive on location at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Emergency medical personnel arrive on location at Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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DEVELOPING: Student claims shooter used a, “sawed off shotgun and pistol” in today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Galveston Co.
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One is in custody, a second one detained. An injured police officer is being treated, the extent of his injuries are unknown.
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.@GovAbbott confirms that there were 10 killed and 10 wounded in this morning's #SantaFe High School attack
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference about the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: (L-R) Sen.Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speak to the media during a press conference about the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Pearland Police vehicle parked on Highway 6 in front of Santa Fe High School after a lone gunman opened fire in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, May 18, 2018 -- A fire truck is deployed around Santa Fe High School in Texas, the United States, on May 18, 2018. Eight to ten people have been killed after a shooter opened fire inside Santa Fe High School Friday morning in the southeast of Houston, in the U.S. state of Texas, local police said. (Xinhua/Steven Song via Getty Images)
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Even as a gunman opened fire, Santa Fe High School teachers and staff pushed, guided or directed students to safety, sending them to any shield of protection they could find, witnesses said.

Stories trickled out Saturday in the southeast Texas town near Houston about how this community looked out for its own, stories that mixed gratitude with heartbreak as official confirmation came of the names of the two teachers and eight students who were killed.

"I was confused, but I trusted him to tell us what we needed to do," Cadriel said of her teacher.

Authorities said Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber pistol, opened fire at the school sometime before calls of an active shooter came in to police at around 7:32 a.m. local time Friday (8:32 a.m. ET).

Pagourtzis exited an art lab classrooms at around 8:02 a.m. and surrendered and later admitted to police that he shot multiple people inside the school with the intention of killing them, police said in court documents. He is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant, and is being held without bond.

Cristina Surber, the mother of a freshman at Santa Fe, said her daughter was in theater class. Surber said her daughter told her that her class heard the fire alarm, but also heard what sounded like shots. Before releasing students, the teacher checked whether it was actually a fire drill, but was told it was a shooting, Surber said.

"The teacher took the students to a room with steel doors called shop," Surber said. "She [her daughter] texted me and told me she was OK."

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Cynthia's brother-in-law posted on Facebook that she "planned on one day retiring and being a full-time grandmother."

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Shana Fisher’s aunt Candi Thurman confirmed on Twitter her niece didn’t survive the shooting
The family of Kyle McLeod, a student at Santa Fe High School, confirmed to ABC News that the young man was killed during the shooting.
Kim Vaughn’s mother, Rhonda Hart, said in a Facebook post earlier Friday that her daughter was in first-period art class at the time of the shooting. Her family later confirmed to ABC News that she had died.
Jared Black had just turned 17 the week he was killed. His birthday party had been planned for Saturday, but now his parents must make arrangements for his funeral.
Substitute teacher Ann Perkins was one of two adults killed in the shooting. She was often affectionately referred to as “Grandma Perkins,” CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
Christian Garcia, 15, loved riding Jet Skis and night fishing with his family, The Washington Post reported.
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Mehran Ali had arrived at the convenience store and gas station he manages just down the street from the high school at around 6 a.m. on the morning of the shooting. A former Houston school district teacher, he regularly sees teachers and students come in and out of the store.

Suddenly a girl who was crying came running into the store, "then after a little bit you see our whole parking lot full of students, faculty and parents," Ali said.

The store "was packed at one point," Ali said. “We didn’t mind ... We wanted everybody to be safe," he said.

Because they'd left all their belongings at the school, including cell phones, Ali said he allowed the students and staff to use their phone to call loved ones and check in as safe, and gave away water, soda and other goods.

One of the wounded in Friday’s shooting was Santa Fe school district police officer John Barnes, who was in critical but stable condition late Saturday, officials said. The police chief said two officers "engaged him right away," referring to the suspected shooter.

"Our officers went in there and did what they could," Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun said.

For four hours Saturday, school buses with a police escort shuttled students and staff from the junior high school to the high school to retrieve their belongings.

Yellow crime scene tape cordoned off the parking lot and grassy areas leading to the lots. But law enforcement kept reporters, cameras and anyone not shuttled in or with official business at a distance. A similar perimeter was set up by the junior high school.

Two girls who were at the junior high, where high school students gathered to be taken to the high school to pick up their belongings on Saturday, said their teachers screamed and yelled at them to "go as fast as we could." They said it was helpful. Most students thought it was a fire alarm and walked casually to the fence.

"We weren't taking it really seriously until they started yelling at us," said one of the girls, who declined to give their names.

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SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Students embrace during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
A young boy prays during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
People during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
People gather in prayer during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Two young girls pray during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
People console each other during a vigil held after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during a press conference about the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Young girls place a rose on a table during vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
Associate Pastor Clint Detroot (C) of Dominion Church, speaks as Texas Governor Greg Abbott (L) and Texas Senator Ted Cruz join mourners during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
Students light candles during a vigil held after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
Mourners bow their heads in prayer during a vigil held after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
Pastor Lucas Campbell (C) of Santa Fe Baptist Church speaks as Texas Governor Greg Abbott (L) and Texas Senator Ted Cruz join mourners during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
People gather during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
People gather with candles during a vigil held after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
People gather with candles during a vigil held after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Trish Badger
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds hands with family and friends at a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: A bible,; rose and a candle sit on a table during a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Dr. Leigh Wall, Superintendent of the Santa Fe school district speaks during a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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"The only sign of relief I had was once my dad — because my dad was parked outside of the school — he said that they got the shooter and they were taking them out in handcuffs," the second girl said.

A family assistance center and volunteer center also was set up in the city. People with comfort dogs were seen walking from the church but media also was barred from that area and volunteers had been told not to speak to media.

Pagourtzis’ family said in a statement Saturday that "We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred," that they are cooperating with authorities, and that "what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love."

"We extend our most heartfelt prayers and condolences to all of the victims," the family said. "We also wish to thank all the first responders from all over Texas that assisted in rendering aid and support."

Small memorials began forming at the school Saturday with bouquets of roses and carnations, a T-shirt that said "poet" and a sign that said: "Pray for Santa Fe."

Takeisa Fontenot, 30, a substitute teacher in Galveston County, prayed with her mother, Ulrica, before one of the memorials. They had come in from Texas City and La Marque just to say prayers for the victims and the community.

Sandra and Amaury Mercado had driven in from Katy, Texas, to drop a bouquet of flowers in front of the school.

"Just the feeling you feel as a mother, it's hard," Sandra Mercado said while her children sat in the back seat.

"And that's why we tell him every day that we love him before he gets off the car," her husband added, referring to their 13-year-old son.

"We gotta make sure he knows we love him, because you don't know," he said. "You don't know what might happen."

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