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Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 13 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges

The suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting in Galveston County Texas was arraigned on capital murder and aggravated assault charges Friday in the deaths of 10 people and the wounding of a police officer. 

Thirteen people were also injured in the massacre Friday morning at the high school in southeastern Texas, the FBI said Saturday.

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The gunman was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, a student at the school. When he finally surrendered, nine students and one teacher had been killed.

Pagourtzis used two weapons in the attack on the school, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a shot gun and a .38-revolver, which belonged to his father. 

The governor also confirmed a Molotov cocktail and “various other types of explosive devices” were found at the school and two other locations.

>>Read: Texas shooting: Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack

Authorities were interviewing two other people in connection with the shooting, but it’s unclear what part, if any, they played in the massacre.

>>Read: What are the worst school shootings in modern US history?

Update May 20, 8:13 a.m. EST: The Galveston County Criminal District Attorney released the complete list of the people killed in the shooting, the Houston Chronicle reported. The teachers were identified as Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, 64. The students included Shana Fisher, 16; Angelique Ramirez, 15; Christopher Jake Stone, 17; Jared Black, 17; Christian Riley Garcia, 15; Sabika Sheikh; Aaron Kyle McLeod, 15; and Kimberly Vaughan.

Update May 19, 2:47 p.m. EST: Santa Fe High School students are being allowed to return to campus to pick up their cars and belongings left behind after Friday’s deadly shooting. 

According to a post on the Santa Fe ISD Facebook page, students with cars are meeting officials at the junior high cafeteria between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. CST.

The school district states that students will not be allowed to go directly to the high school.

Update May 19, 2:14 p.m. EST: A teen who was shot in the leg during Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas is in good condition, according to a Twitter update from the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

A woman in the intensive care unit (ICU) is in serious condition.

John Barnes, the student resource officer and former police officer, remains in critical condition.

 Officials gathered Saturday afternoon at Santa Fe High School in an adjacent grassy lot.

According to KHOU, the Santa Fe Independent School District superintendent and Santa Fe mayor called for unity and peace.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said there were no new updates to the investigation, KHOU reports. 

Update May 19, 11:40 a.m. ET: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an official statement on the death of Sibika Sheikh, the Pakistani exchange student who was one of the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting.

Update 10:30 p.m. ET: Three of the victims in the shooting massacre have now been identified, according to news reports. A substitute teacher, Ann Perkins, an exchange student, Sibika Sheikh and high school junior Chris Stone are among the victims killed in the rampage.

The FBI and ATF are still processing the scene in Santa Fe, using SWAT teams, bomb techs and K-9 teams to search for explosives investigators say the suspect planted around the school.

Update 7:20 p.m. ET: Santa Fe High School shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis made his first court appearance in court and was denied bond on capital murder and aggravated assault.

Update 6:15 p.m. ET: Police are searching homes and cars for more explosives related to the attack on the school, CNN reported.

Pagourtzis, who wanted to kill himself, but surrendered instead, according to authorities, allegedly built explosives and planned to use them in the attack.

Federal authorities in Texas, including the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are teaming up and scouring the crime scene at the school and surrounding locations, according to the FBI in Houston.

“The FBI Houston and ATF Houston are combining resources to meticulously process the scene,” the FBI said in a tweet.

Update 5:15 p.m. ET: The suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of 10 people at the school Friday morning and aggravated assault of a peace officer for the shooting injury of school resource officer John Barnes, the Santa Fe Independent School District has confirmed. Pagourtzis is jailed without bond in the Galveston County Jail.

Schools superintendent Leigh Wall called the rampage “a terrible tragedy.

“Words cannot express the sorrow in our hearts for those we have lost,” Wall said in a statement posted on the district’s website.

“Our campus remains an active crime scene with law enforcement personnel from throughout our region supporting Santa Fe ISD Police Chief, Walter Braun.”

Wall also pledged to keep the community informed on developments in the investigation.

Update 4:10 p.m. ET: The school resource officer, John Barnes,  who was wounded in the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School is in the operating room and is in critical condition, University of Texas Medical Branch officials said at an afternoon press conference.

Barnes was injured in the arm, according to Dr. David Marshall, shot in the elbow.

There are two other patients at the hospital, a middle aged woman and a young male, but both are still unidentified.

The female patient suffered a fractured leg bone and is now out of surgery.

The male suffered a gun shot to the leg and is listed in stable condition, Marshall said.

Seven other victims were transported to several other medical centers near Santa Fe.

Update 3:15 p.m. ET: Governor Greg Abbott said during a press conference that Pagourtzis used two weapons, both of which were legally owned by his father, a shot gun and a .38-revolver. There are two persons of interest, one who is currently being interviewed by law enforcement and a second who will be. 

Abbott says he plans to take action because people need to “do more than just pray for the victims and families. It’s time in Texas that we begin to take action to make sure this tragedy is not repeated ever again.” Abbott vowed to begin roundtable discussions next week to work on solutions to prevent shootings in the future. He plans to speak with anyone with a vested interest in stopping gun violence --  parents, students, those who want to support second amendment rights, safety personnel. He wants to address mental health to help prevent gun violence. He also said that the state needs to make sure schools have resources and can identify those who could pose a risk of violence.

According to Abbott, Pagourtzis had journals on his computer that outlined the attack and that he planned on committing suicide after the shooting.

Abbott also spoke to parents across the country telling them to “hold your children close tonight and let them know how much you love them.”

UTMB confirms that John Barnes is the man who is in critical condition. He is a recently retired detective who started working for the Santa Fe ISD police. 


Update 2:33 p.m. ET: Police are talking to Pagourtzis. CNN is reporting he was injured in today’s shooting but did not say what injuries he suffered.

Update 2:17 p.m. ET: A second person is now in custody in connection with Friday’s deadly shooting. Earlier police said that a second person had been detained.

Update 1:44 p.m. ET: Clear Lake Regional Medical Center officials said that eight patients were taken to their hospital and of the eight, six have been discharged. Of the remaining, one patient is listed in critical condition. The other is listed in fair condition, KHOU reported.

KHOU is also reporting that the adult male being treated at UTMB was retired police officer John Barnes. 

Update 12:35 p.m. ET: Santa Fe Independent School District police administration chief  Walter Braun said that the campus has been cleared of all students and staff.  Braun said that at least six people, including a SFISD police officer, were transported to area hospitals with injuries. 

Doctors clarified that the adult male who has in the operating room did not have a chest wound, but had an upper arm injury, near the chest. The middle age female has been transferred to the operating room for surgery on her leg wound. The teen, who is a 16-year-old male, is in the pediatric ward with a wound to the leg.

Update 12:18 p.m. ET: The Santa Fe school district has confirmed via a Twitter post that police have found possible explosive devices at the school and off campus.

President Trump spoke earlier about this latest shooting.

Update 12:04 p.m. ET: Doctors at UTMB said that the adult male who is undergoing surgery is a middle aged man who has chest injuries. He has been listed in critical condition. Doctors said they are unsure how many times he was shot. The male teen who was admitted to the hospital was shot and has a leg wound and is listed in good condition. The other patient, who was being treated in the emergency room, has a gunshot wound to the leg also and is listed in good condition.

Update 11:47 a.m. ET: In a news conference with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales there are between eight and 10 fatalities, but media sources are reporting 9 deaths. The majority of those killed are students according to the sheriff but there were some adult staff fatalities. 

Law enforcement is doing a systematic search of the building to make sure that there are no additional injured students or students still in hiding. Police are also looking for any potential devices that were left behind. 

Gonzales said it is an active crime scene and a family reunification area that has been set up to get families and their children reunited.

As for the shooter, Gonzales did not have an age or identification but said that the shooter was a male student at the school. Another student, again no name or age was available, was detained.

Update 11:14 a.m. ET: The University of Texas Medical Branch officials held a news conference. During it they announced that three patients have been taken to UTMB -- two adults and one person under the age of 18. Officials with the hospital said that an adult male was taken to surgery. One adult was still being treated in the emergency room and person under the age of 18 has been admitted to the hospital.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says that one person is in custody, another is detained. A police officer was hurt and is being treated.

Update: 11:06 a.m. ET: There are now reports of a possible explosive being found near an area roadway and the potential that the gunman was not alone, KHOU reported

President Donald Trump has reacted via Twitter about this latest deadly school shooting.

Update: 10:40 a.m. ET: Two sources familiar with the situation have told KHOU that there are multiple student fatalities and that an officer was wounded. KHOU reported that once source was a federal official, the other was a county official, both close to the situation. Federal officials told KHOU that the suspected gunman was a student.

The district has a dedicated police force, including resource officers, crossing guards and a dispatcher, according to the district website

Update: 10:20 a.m. ET: The school has confirmed that there are injuries, but there is no information on the extent of those injuries. 

Update: 10:01 a.m. ET: Dr. Cris Richardson, the assistant principal of Santa Fe High School, quickly briefed the media outside the school. She told reporters that the active shooter has been arrested and secured. She did not disclose the suspect’s name. School officials are starting to reunite students with their parents.

The school district had only two weeks left in the school year. Richardson confirmed that the school has trained for the situation.

Richardson had no details on any injuries.

Update: 9:54 a.m. ET: University of Texas Medical Branch has told local news outlets that patients are on the way to the hospital. They have no number of patients or their injuries. A news brief from the hospital is expected in a few hours.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office told KPRC that one person is in custody.

>>Read: Santa Fe High School Shooting: What to know about Santa Fe Independent School District

Update: 9:37 a.m. ET: Witnesses told KTRK that it happened in an art class at the school. Santa Fe Police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and ATF agents are responding, KTRK reported.

Neighboring schools are also in what is called “protect mode” because of the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

>>Read: Over 170 Texas school districts allow staff to be armed

Update 9:23 a.m. ET: KHOU is reporting that some students were evacuated to a business down the street from the school complex. There are unconfirmed reports that police exchanged fire with the shooter and that there may be injuries, KHOU reported

The school has also posted a warning to its website that reads: 

Important Message SFISD District Response to SFHS Active Shooter This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The district has initiated a lockdown at the high school. We will send out additional information as soon as it is available.

The school also posted the message to its Facebook page. 

The school usually starts its day at 7:10 a.m., according to the school website and dismisses at 2:35 p.m. On late-arrival days school starts at 9:15 a.m.

>>Read: Texas school marshals allowed to carry guns on campus

Original story: Details are still coming in, but it has been confirmed that police are on scene for an active shooter situation, KPRC reported.

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There have not been any official reports of injuries, KPRC reported.

However, a medical helicopter has been sent to the scene, KHOU reported

The school district has confirmed that there was an active shooter situation at the high school.

A student at the school told KTRK that fire alarms went off around 7:45 a.m. local time and students left their classrooms. The student told the station that others thought they heard shots fired. She and other students, along with teachers, have found shelter near campus, KTRK reported.

Police: 2 people shot, 1 dead near high school graduation in Georgia

A shooting after a high school graduation has left one woman dead and another injured.

Update 3:58 p.m. EST:

Police told WSB that two arrests have been made, but are not naming the suspects at this time, due to additional charges pending. 


The shooting happened near Mount Zion High School at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

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Police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia. 

A graduation was being held for the Perry Learning Center when the shooting occurred in a nearby overflow parking lot.

That argument led to two women being shot, one fatally.

The woman who was killed was shot multiple times in the chest. The other woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her wounds.

Multiple police and emergency agencies rushed to the scene on the ground and in the air.

Glenda Norman said that her grandson was at the school when the shooting happened.

“He went there for something tonight. And I said, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to go down and check on him,’” Norman said.

Investigators said a third woman, who is 36 weeks pregnant, was thrown to the ground in the chaos from the shooting, but is expected to be alright.

Santa Fe High School victims: Exchange student, substitute teacher among those killed

An exchange student and a substitute teacher are among the victims of a mass shooting Friday at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County, Texas, where 10 people were killed and 10 injured when a gunman opened fire at the school.

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Shana Fisher

Shana Fisher doted on her dog Kallie and was a beautiful, smart, funny and talented girl, her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told the Houston Chronicle. She turned 16 the same month she was killed.

Rodriguez told The Los Angeles Times that her 16-year-old daughter "had 4 months of problems from this boy (the gunman).”

"He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no," the Times reported, citing a private message from Rodriguez.

Rodriguez told The Associated Press that the week before the shooting, Fisher "stood up to him" by "embarrass(ing) him in class." Rodriguez gave no other details, the AP reported.

On Facebook, Rodriguez said she created a fundraiser in her daughter’s memory.

“i want to help teachers and parents (be) more aware of teens and their mental state,” she wrote. “My daughter was the most sweet and shy young lady. She never hurt anyone.

“This boy. i cant even do this. i cant even finish this. it isnt even fair. i have to stay strong for Kaylenn, her younger sister. My heart is being ripped out. My baby is gone. i cant even go into her room.”

Sabika Sheikh

Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh, 18, was among the nine students killed in the massacre, according to news reports. 

Sheikh came to the United States as part of the YES program, which was established by Congress after 9/11 and is funded by the State Department.

>> Related: Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 10 injured, suspect charged with capital murder 

The program provides scholarships for high school students from majority Muslim countries to spend an academic year in the U.S. They go to school, live with host families, learn about American values and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

The Pakistani Embassy in Washington confirmed Sheikh’s death to CBS News. 

Sheikh was scheduled to return home next month.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an official statement Saturday on the death of Sheikh.

Ann Perkins

Substitute teacher Ann Perkins, 64, happened to be teaching Friday when gunfire erupted at the school. She is the only teacher killed in the massacre.

She’s described as a “beloved teacher,” who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Chris Stone

A junior at Santa Fe High School, Chris Stone was one of the victims of Friday’s shooting rampage, according to ABC 13.

He was a student in an art class at the school, which was the first target the gunman attacked.

Stone was among several students who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering their art classroom, freshman Abel San Miguel, who was in the class, told The Associated Press. 

Cynthia Tisdale

Cynthia Tisdale was a teacher’s aide at Santa Fe High School, her family told CNN. 

Her niece, Leia Olinde, said the family was notified of her death Friday night.

Her brother-in-law, John Tisdale, posted on Facebook that Cythnia Tisdale was a member of the Anchor Bible Baptist Church in Pharr, Texas.

“We are all heart-broken,” John Tisdale wrote.

Kimberly Vaughan

KImberly Vaughan was in art class when shots rang out Friday morning. Her mother, Rhonda Hart, announced on Facebook that her daughter was one of the children who did not make it.

"She is in heaven," Hart said. "I am heartbroken."

Later on Facebook Hart urged people to “Call your damn senators. Call your congressmen.”

“We need gun control. We need to protect our kids,” she wrote.

Jared Black

Jared Black, 17, really liked comic books, his uncle, John Conrad, told KHOU. Conrad said his nephew loved to draw his own artwork.

Black’s birthday party had been scheduled for Saturday, family members said.

Black loved playing Minecraft on Xbox and Pokémon Go on his cellphone, they told the Chicago Tribune.

Aaron Kyle McLeod 

Aaron Kyle McLeod, 15, a freshman who went by Kyle, could always be counted on to make light of any situation, close friend Kali Reeves told the Chicago Tribune.

"He was never one to be a sad or down person, he always had to joke or laugh about things," Reeves told the Tribune. "He was just outgoing and super sweet. He definitely didn't deserve this."

Christian Riley Garcia

Family members told KHOU that 15-year-old Christian Riley Garcia, who hoped to enlist in the military after high school, “died a true hero.”

"From what we've gathered thus far he got in front of other students and barricaded the door," his aunt, Sarah Saunders told KHOU. "He laid down his life so others could have a chance."

Saunders said Christian hoped to enlist in the military when he became of age. He felt it was his calling to serve others.

"He had the biggest heart and the biggest chunk of ours feels to have left with him,"d Saunders said.

On Facebook, Crosby Church, which Garcia attended, announced it would have a memorial service Monday to remember Garcia and the others killed in the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken to see such deep loss of so many precious individuals,” the church wrote. “We will especially be lifting up (Garcia’s) family -- mother Shannon, father D J little sister Candace who are a part of our body, our family, our church.

Angelique Ramirez

Family members confirmed to KHOU that Angelique Ramirez was among the victims in the shooting.

Sylvia Pritchett, who identified herself as Ramirez's aunt posted on Facebook that "with a broken heart and a soul that just can't process all this right now, I have to announce my niece was one of the fatalities."

Ramirez’s family told KHOU that the student “was creative beyond belief.”

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Parkland students, families offer condolences to victims of Santa Fe school massacre

Students at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, joined others from across the country last month in walking out of classrooms to protest gun violence at American schools during the National School Walkout. 

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Now, just 28 days later, they are the victims of the same violence that has been plaguing U.S. schools for two decades.

The student protests over gun violence during the past several months, including a huge rally in Washington, D.C., in March, were organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Parkland students, on their last day of school, found themselves reliving the terrifying attack they had endured as the massacre in Santa Fe unfolded Friday.

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Many took to social media to express their grief and condolences to Santa Fe students.

The families of the Parkland school shooting victims also released a statement Friday, asking the media not to use the name of the shooter, as they did after the deadly rampage at Stoneman Douglas High.

“The families of the victims killed in the Parkland massacre are deeply saddened that today another group of families, those from Santa Fe, TX, have suffered the loss of a loved one at school … We ask that the media covering this event refrain from using the shooter’s name thereby preventing him from gaining the notoriety that many of his kind desire,” the statement said.

>> Related Texas shooting: Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack

There have already been 22 school shootings so far this year, according to CNN.

Senior dies in crash day before graduation, police say 

A high school senior died in a car crash on the way to a rehearsal a day before graduation, police said. 

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Frances Fortner, a talented artist who had won awards for her work, was on her way to graduation practice Thursday when the convertible she was driving flipped over an uncovered manhole, according to the Clarion-Ledger

Fortner, 18, was taken to a hospital where she later died, according to WAPT.

"It is with great sadness that we share the tragic news of the loss of one of our Jackson Academy senior students," the school said in a statement. "This breaks our hearts, and our entire community of students, educators and families is grieving alongside her family at this terrible loss." 

A crew secured the cover after the incident, according to WAPT. Robert Miller, director of Public Works for the city of Jackson, did not know about an issue with the manhole cover, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

“My sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and classmates of this young lady whose life was taken too soon,” Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told WLBT. “We are conducting a full investigation of the accident.” 

Jackson Police Department spokesman said police did not know about an issue in the road, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

"The city has been called about this several times, because I was one of the people who personally called," witness Kenya Benjamin told WAPT. "It was dangerous. I've hit it a couple of times myself and you literally can feel the vibration from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head."

Texas shooting: Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack?

A 17-year-old has been charged with capital murder after he allegedly opened fire Friday at a Texas high school, killing at least 10 people -- nine students and one teacher.

Police have told CBS News that Dimitrios Pagourtzis shot students and school staff at Santa Fe High School, where he was a student. 

In addition to those killed, at least 10 were transferred to hospitals with injuries. 

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Santa Fe High School is in Santa Fe, Texas, just northwest of Galveston, Texas. 

Pagourtzis was taken into custody after the shooting.

>>Read: What are the worst school shootings in modern US history?

The attack began shortly after school started Friday. 

 A second person, also a student at the school, is said to have helped Pagourtzis’ with the attack, according to law enforcement. Police are also speaking with a third person about the shooting.

Here is what we know about Pagourtzis:

  • He was wearing “trenchcoat and big boots,” according to a student who said he saw the shooter. Police have not confirmed what he was wearing.
  • He is 17 years old.
  • He was injured in the attack.
  • He gave himself up to police at the school after the attack.
  • He is in the 11th grade at Santa Fe High School.
  • He threw pipe bombs into some classrooms, witnesses say. Devices were found in and around the school, officials said.
  • The weapon Pagourtzis used was described as a shotgun by witnesses, but police have not confirmed that.
  • Law enforcement says a pressure cooker with an explosive device was found at the scene.
  • A Facebook page under the same name as Pagourtzis, has been taken down.
  • A witness said students and coaches at the school would bully Pagourtzis and “call him names.”
  • He used a shotgun and a .38 caliber handgun in the attack. The weapons belonged to Pagourtzis’ father, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press conference.
  • This story will be updated as more  information becomes available.

    Lebanon, Oregon school lockdown over; police locate armed person sources say

    Update 2:13 p.m. ET: 

    Lebanon Fire said the situation is now over. All students at Lebanon High School are being bussed to a nearby church to be reunited with family.

    KATU reports that the armed suspect has been located, but police have not confirmed whether or not the person was near or on the campus. 

    No shooting has been confirmed at this time. 

    Original story:

    Lebanon Police confirm that Lebanon High School in Oregon is currently on lockdown due to reports of an armed suspect nearby.

    KATU reports police are searching for a suspect with a gun, but police said no shooting has occurred.

    All schools in Lebanon Community Schools are affected, according to the district website.

    KGW reports that the high school is on lockdown, while the other schools in a lockout. 

    In a lockdown, no one is allowed in or out of a school. During a lockout situation, people are not allowed to enter the school. 

    Lebanon Fire tweeted that several streets are shut down.

    Lebanon is located between Eugene and Albany, Oregon.

    This is a breaking news story. Return for updates.

    Squirrel flies like a ‘wrecking ball’ to reach bird feeder

    A squirrel’s impressive stunt to reach a bird feeder is captivating the internet. 

    YouTube user Lindsey Jackson posted a video of a hungry squirrel making his way down the pole for a hanging bird feeder. When the squirrel leaned over to reach it, the bird feeder started spinning.

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    Jackson posted the video in slow motion, set to Miley Cyrus’ hit song, “Wrecking Ball.”

    According to Mashable, this type of bird feeder is motorized and weight activated. It spins unwanted squirrels around the base until they lose their grip. 

    It is called the “Yankee Flipper” and is a popular trending video on YouTube

    The video was posted in late April, but started trending Friday after it was shared by Twitter user Gabrielle Geno.

    Bread truck driver convicted of killing unarmed black teen over stolen lunchbox

    An Alabama man was convicted Wednesday of gunning down an unarmed 16-year-old as he ran away with a lunchbox stolen from the man’s bread truck. 

    Jonathan Wayne Scott, 52, of Madison, wept as he was led away from the courtroom where a jury took less than two hours to convict him of manslaughter, reported. Scott faces up to 20 years in prison in the June 21, 2016, slaying of Mustafa Bearfield Jr., who was black. 

    Bearfield’s mother, Shameka Williams, posted on Facebook following the verdict that her son got justice. The trial of his killer began the day after Mother’s Day. 

    Scott, who is white, testified at trial that he was making a bread delivery to a Huntsville convenience store the morning of the shooting when he saw Bearfield walking away from his work truck with his lunchbox.

    He testified that he yelled for the teen to drop the lunchbox, but said that Bearfield gave him a “screw you” look, reported. That’s when Scott threatened the teen with his gun. 

    “I told him, ‘Drop it or I’ll shoot,’” Scott testified.

    Bearfield ran and Scott chased him, firing six shots in his direction. The final shot struck Bearfield in the back of the head, killing him. 

    According to, audio from 911 calls and video from police officers’ body cameras showed that Scott attempted to perform CPR on the teen, who died about a block from the convenience store. Scott’s lunchbox was found near the boy’s body.

    Scott testified that he fired his gun to scare the teen into dropping the lunchbox, which he said he often used to carry a gun and thousands of dollars in cash. Police photos taken at the scene, however, show only food and drinks in the container. 

    The delivery driver said he aimed his shots over Bearfield’s head, but claimed that the final shot struck the teen because he was running up a hill. 

    At one point in the defense case, Scott’s attorney asked a police witness whether Bearfield had a criminal history, reported. As prosecutors objected to the question, the teen’s mother spoke up from the gallery.

    “He’s not here,” Williams shouted. “He’s dead.”

    Jurors also saw video of Scott’s interview with police investigators, in which he cried as he admitted killing the teen.

    “It was just a cooler,” Scott told detectives, according to “It was not worth a kid's life. He was just a boy. Why did I even try to scare him?”

    Scott is being held in the Madison County Jail without bond while awaiting sentencing, jail records show

    Williams posted a Mother’s Day photo of her son’s grave on a Facebook page titled Justice for Mustafa

    “(I) miss my baby saying, ‘Happy Mother's Day, mommy,’ and a hug (and) kiss (and) card. My baby said (I) am a blessing to him as a mother. I cherish all the memories we have,” she wrote. 

    Others mourned Bearfield on social media after his death, including staff members at his neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. 

    “You were loved, will be missed and in our prayers,” a post on the club’s Facebook page read. “Right, wrong or indifferent and no matter how often a child comes to the club, they will always be considered ‘our child.’ He was taken too soon, he didn't get a chance to grow into the adult we all knew he could be or wanted to be. 

    “I pray that we will never have to experience a pain like this again and justice will be served.”

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