Eyewitnesses Describe Shooter And ‘Sawed-Off Shotgun’ At Texas High School

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Students who witnessed Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas claimed that the shooter was wearing a black trench coat and had a sawed-off shotgun.


Damon Rabon, a Santa Fe student, said that he followed his teacher out of the classroom and saw the shooter firsthand. (RELATED: Shots Fired At Santa Fe High School, Suspect In Custody)

“We heard, like, five more bangs, and then the kid came out [with] a black, like, trench coat on, a sawed-off shotgun with a pistol grip, and I think something sharp on his chest,” Rabon described. “And then he turned, and instead of looking our way, he just grabbed his backpack and went right back into the art room, so, at that point, we knew it was an active shooter.”

Rabon said that after he saw the shooter, he and his teacher went back into the classroom and closed the door. His teacher reportedly pulled the fire alarm in order to alert authorities, as Rabon said people in the class did not have cell service in order to call 911.

Another student, Avery Garza, told HLN that he also saw the suspect in a black trench coat and with a sawed-off shotgun.

Garza said his friend witnessed the shooter pulling out a pistol and shooting a girl in the head.

“He was in that class, and the shooter came in and started shooting. And he had a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol. And he shot a girl, and then pulled his pistol out and shot her in the head,” Garza said.

“We know who it is, but unfortunately I cannot give the name out. He was wearing a trench coat, I think it said USSR on it,” he added.

According to a local sheriff, at least eight people have died in the shooting and the suspect is in custody.

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