As students in other parts of the school heard the shots and ran to hide, an army of police officers and SWAT team members descended on the campus. After exchanging gunfire with police for more than 15 minutes, the suspect surrendered at 8:02 a.m. 

After securing the area and confiscating the suspect’s guns – which his father had legally obtained – SWAT officers located and released terrified students and teachers who had barricaded themselves in classrooms and closets.

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STUDENTS AND PARENTS REUNITE

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Terrified, emotional students reunited with parents and friends as they awaited word about those who had been harmed in the rampage. About an hour after the shooting ended, authorities found possible explosive devices — including pipe bombs — on the grounds of the school and surrounding areas. Bomb squads examined them and determined that they were harmless.

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10 LIVES LOST

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Ten people were stolen from their families forever that morning: Students Jared Black, Shana Fisher, Christian Garcia, Aaron Kyle McLeod, Angelique Ramirez, Sabika Sheikh, Chris Stone and Kimberly Vaughan and teachers Ann Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale.

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A TOWN AND A NATION IN MOURNING

The community and country came together to grieve the lives lost in the senseless rampage.

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FEDERAL AND STATE CHARGES 

The suspect was initially charged with capital murder in state court, which would make him eligible for parole after 40 years, if convicted. Victims and their families then appealed to the Department of Justice and Congress, demanding he also be charged federally, which would require him to serve consecutive sentences for each victim upon conviction.

In April, their advocacy paid off when the suspect was taken into federal custody. He now faces 11 counts.

“I want him charged federally simply because I want to make sure he stays in prison,” John Barnes said.

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A SURPRISE VISITOR

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On May 30, 2018, Justin Timberlake surprised survivor Sarah Salazar, a teen who was critically injured in the shooting. He gave her two VIP tickets to his concert in January — her first concert ever. “I was shocked,” Salazar told local station KTRK. “I was just like, ‘What’s going on?’”

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MOM CHALLENGES PRESIDENT’S VIEWS

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Mom Rhonda Hart, who lost her daughter Kimberly Vaughan in the shooting, is fighting to stop gun violence. She has traveled to Washington D.C. to talk to lawmakers and even challenged President Donald Trump‘s views on gun policies when he met with survivors and families who lost loved ones.

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