A student opened fire inside “Santa Fe High School” at US state Texas, due to which 10 were dead including a Pakistani Student Sabika Sheikh whereas 10 others were wounded.
According to the details, 17-year-old Sabika was a resident of Karachi who went to study in the US under Youth Exchange Study Program and she was the student of Santa Fe, Texas Exchange Program.
The Pakistan Embassy in Washington has also confirmed the death of Pakistani student, while the manager of Youth Exchange and Study (YES) have also given a confirmation message regarding the incident. According to the US media, ten people have been killed, which includes 9 students and 1 teacher, while a policeman was also injured in an exchange of fire.
Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has expressed heartfelt condolences for the victims of the tragic incident at the Santa Fe High School in Texas this morning 1/3— Pakistan Embassy, DC (@PakEmbassyDC) May 18, 2018
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— Pakistan Embassy, DC (@PakEmbassyDC) May 18, 2018
Our Consul General in Houston is in touch with the authorities concerned to ascertain facts 3/3— Pakistan Embassy, DC (@PakEmbassyDC) May 18, 2018
According to the US media, the incident occurred at a time when a 17-year-old student of the same school Dimitrios Pagourtzis went inside and opened fire, after which the assailant was arrested.
The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott told that the assailant used his father’s gun. He further added that various kinds of explosive devices were also found nearby, which is being investigated.
He further told that the diary of the assailant indicates that the suspect wanted to commit a suicide, however, he surrendered to the police after the attack.
The US President Donald Trump has offered condolences to the families of the deceased and injured.
"We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack. To the students, families, teachers, and personnel at Santa Fe High, we're with you at this tragic hour..." pic.twitter.com/kyjs1tWYUD— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 18, 2018
This is the second biggest incident among the 22nd school shooting this year, in which 10 students including a Pakistani is targeted. Earlier on 14th February, a school in the state of Florida was targeted by the assailants, which claimed the lives of 17 students. The assailant was identified as Nikolas Cruz who was a student of the first year in a Junior Officer Training Program.
The suspect used AR-15 semi-automatic gun to target a large number of students.