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    Pakistani student among 10 killed as gunman opens fire at Texas school
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    Ten students were killed and as many injured when a teenaged gunman opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday morning, US media reported.

    Among the slain victims was Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani teenager who was studying in the US as part of a high school exchange programme, the Pakistan embassy in Washington DC confirmed.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sabika’s family and friends,” a tweet by the embassy quoted Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry as saying.

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    Among the victims was Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sabika’s family and friends”. Ambassador Chaudhry 2/3

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    Sabika, who hailed from Karachi, was a scholar of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme and was due to return home in a few weeks.

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    The incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

    “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!” Trump tweeted.

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    School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!

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    The sheriff of Harris County, Ed Gonzalez tweeted: “One is in custody, a second one detained. An injured police officer is being treated, the extent of his injuries are unknown.” Earlier, the school assistant principal, Cris Richardson, told CNN that one suspect was in custody.

    According to CBS News, the suspect in custody has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

    “This morning, an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries,” the Santa Fe school district said in a statement.

    “Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location.” Other schools in the district were not affected, it added.

    “There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting, and this girl got shot in the leg,” an eyewitness identified as Nikki told local television station KTRK.

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    Police officers move through the scene at Santa Fe High School. —AP


    The shooting was the latest in what has become an all-too-familiar situation in American schools, with shootings a near-daily occurrence.

    Earlier this year, 17 students and staff were killed in a shooting at a Florida high school — a massacre that prompted survivors to launch a grassroots campaign against gun violence.

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    In Texas, the eyewitness, Nikki, said students fled the school in a panic, and several other students told local media they heard multiple gunshots.

    Parent Richard Allen told KTRK he arrived at the school soon after the shooting and reported seeing a number of victims being taken away in ambulances.

    “My son said someone went into the art room and started shooting a lot of the kids,” Allen said.

    Student Paige Curry told local media that she heard gunshots and then a fire alarm, after which students were taken out by teachers to a nearby gas station.

    “I saw some girl — she had, you know, she got shot in the kneecap, I guess. So she had a bandage around it. She was limping and then the firemen came and got her,” another student, who gave his first name as Tyler, told CBS.

    Television footage showed students being led out of the school.

    Some students were evacuated to a nearby auto shop, where parents were picking up their children, according to KHOU TV.
     
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    UNITED STATES: A Pakistani student Sabika Sheikh among ten people were killed and 11 others were injured when a student armed with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at his Texas high school on Friday.

    A Pakistani student Sabika Sheikh, studying in the US facilitated the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme, was among the decease.

    In a letter sent to the YES programme students, Megan Lysaght, the program manager (Inbound) at American Councils for International Education, wrote: "It is with [the] greatest 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.

    "We are saddened to report that a student on a State Department program administered by American Councils was killed today in a high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Sabika Aziz Sheikh was a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) student from Karachi, Pakistan and was hosted in Texas during the 2017-18 academic year," reads a statement issued by American Councils

    "At American Councils, exchange students are at the heart of our work, and we are grieving this tragic loss of life. We pride ourselves on the 24/7 emergency support we provide to all our students and encourage any student who is struggling with this loss to speak with their family, local coordinator, or point of contact at American Councils," it added.

    "Exchange is an experience filled with new discoveries and friendship. We are devastated that this tragedy has become part of the narrative for one of our students. We send our deepest condolences to Sabika’s friends, family, and loved ones in the US, Pakistan, and around the world."

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    AFP Adds: The gunman, who was taken into custody on murder charges, was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

    Governor Greg Abbott said 10 people were killed and 10 wounded in what he called "one of the most heinous attacks that we´ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools."

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    "Nothing can prepare a parent for the loss of a child," Abbott told reporters in Santa Fe, located some 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

    Abbott said the gunman apparently carried out the attack with a shotgun and a .38 revolver belonging to his father, and that the weapons were legally owned.

    The Houston Chronicle said Pagourtzis was armed with pipe bombs in addition to firearms when he burst into a classroom at the start of the school day.

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    The governor said searches were being conducted at two residences and "various explosive devices" were found including a "CO2 device" and a Molotov cocktail.

    He said journal entries by the gunman suggested he wanted to commit suicide but "he gave himself up."

    Abbott also said there were no "warning signs" about the suspect ahead of time although he did post a picture on his Facebook page of a T-shirt with the words "Born to Kill" on it.

    Law enforcement authorities were questioning two people including one who "may have had some level of involvement in the crime," Abbott added.

    Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the "majority" of the dead were students.

    "Officers inside encountered a bloody mess in the school," a senior law enforcement official told the Chronicle. "Evidently this guy threw pipe bombs all in there. We don´t know if any of them went off."

    Area hospitals said two victims were in critical condition. One of the wounded was a police officer.

    'I shouldn´t be going through this'

    The shooting was the latest in what has become an all-too-familiar situation in American schools, where gun violence has become a part of everyday life.

    "My friend got shot in the art hall," a weeping Santa Fe student, Dakota Shrader, told reporters.

    "I shouldn´t be going through this," Shrader said as her mother comforted her. "It´s my school. This is my daily life. I feel scared to even go back.

    Shrader said fire alarms went off "and everybody just started running outside.

    "And the next thing you know everybody looks and you hear ´boom, boom, boom´ and I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest forest so I could hide and I called my Mom."

    Earlier this year, 17 students and staff were killed at a Florida high school -- a massacre that prompted survivors to launch a grassroots campaign against gun violence.

    It was the second mass shooting in Texas in six months.

    Twenty-six people were killed in a Texas church in November 2017 by a 26-year-old Air Force veteran.

    A somber President Donald Trump expressed "sadness and heartbreak" over the latest shooting spree.

    "This has been going on too long in our country," said the president, speaking at an event on prison reform at the White House. "We´re with you in this tragic hour."

    Trump, who has previously shied away from gun control and proposed arming teachers, said his administration was "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."

    The shooting erupted before 8:00 am, as the first classes of the day were starting.

    'She was limping'

    Student Paige Curry told local media that she heard gunshots and then a fire alarm, after which students were taken out by teachers to a nearby gas station.

    "I saw some girl -- she had, you know, she got shot in the kneecap, I guess. So she had a bandage around it. She was limping and then the firemen came and got her," another student, Tyler Turner, told CBS.

    The school district, which quickly imposed a lockdown, cleared the students from the campus, with television footage showing them leaving in a single file.

    Parent Richard Allen told KTRK TV he arrived at the school soon after the shooting and reported seeing a number of victims being taken away in ambulances.

    "My son said someone went into the art room and started shooting a lot of the kids," Allen said.

    The Santa Fe assault comes three months after the shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, which sparked a student-led movement for tighter gun laws.

    "We are fighting for you," tweeted David Hogg, a Stoneman Douglas student who has emerged as a leader of the gun control campaign.

    "We cannot let this continue to be the norm," tweeted Delaney Tarr, another student at Stoneman Douglas. "We cannot."

    Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged lawmakers to take action.

    "Every day that we fail to act on gun violence, we are failing our children," Clinton said on Twitter. "This should be a day for soul searching across America - and that soul searching should be matched with legislating to begin dealing with this national shame."

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    Rest in leace Sabika so sad on your death. I remember that joker @Starlord cursing pakistan the other day and boasting abt moving to usa. And joker was terming me extremist for showing him mirror. Anyways , no mercy if kids of people like starlord get shot.
     
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    America need to arm the students to kill These christian psychopaths as soon they pull the weapon out.
     
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    Trust me..if these people would have a slight faith in their religion, they could not be a killer...These killer kids are basically do not follow any religion nor any culture...
     
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    Are you sure, the evidence and facts prove otherwise.
     
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    Yes...no religion ever taught violence...It is the people who do not believe in religion are prone to killing people..
     
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    Hitler was a devout Christian, George Bush was a devout Christian, Richard the Lion Heart was a devout Christian etc etc.
     
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    AFAIK the shooter had put up images of Devil and stuff like that on his Facebook page. Looks like an attention seeking, vengeful victim of bullying.
     
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    be it pakistan or usa marty pakistani hi hain her jaga
     
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    Allah bless you Sabika Sheikh, I'm sorry you have gone in the holy month. My thoughts and prayers are with her family .

    Then he is a satanist mate.
     
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    RIP sister. May Allah grant you jannah.

    Well, this is a very normal incident in the US. Shootings are a norm.
     
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    Thoughts and prayers rinse amd repeat
     
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    Innalillahi wainna illaihey rajioon

    May Allah grant Sabika highest ranks in Jannat.


    On a serious matter. For all the Pakistani parents who are keen on sending their kids to forigen lands for education specially at school and college level, to countries like America which are porne to this kind of terrorism, its my humble advise to them as a father who has raised his kids in West, stay put and raise your kids within Pakistani education system till they reach universities. Pakistani education system is on a different level and intensity. Do not put your kids in danger unnecessarily.
     
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