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Galveston County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) -- Some school shooters act out and get in trouble with either school officials or police before making the deadly decision to open fire.

For others, the shooting may be their first significant instance of violence.

By all public accounts so far, Dimitrios Pagourtzis fell into the latter category up until the moment he shot and killed 10 people at his high school and injured 13 others last Friday.

Pagourtzis's clean record contrasts with that of Nikolas Cruz, the alleged shooter who killed 17 people in Parkland in February.

According to school records obtained by ABC affiliate WPLG, Cruz was involved with an assault in January 2017, less than a month before the shooting. On the same day as the assault, he was suspended for one day and a threat assessment was ordered for him. He had been suspended for two days one month earlier. It is unclear what the result of the threat assessment was or whether one was even conducted.

In spite of an apparent lack of disciplinary issues with Pagourtzis, that doesn't mean there were no warning signs, experts say.

Scanning social media

Steve Gomez, a former FBI special agent in charge and current ABC News consultant, pointed to a T-shirt bearing the words "Born to Kill" that the teen posted on a social media account less than a month before the shooting.

"Threatening people at school, talking about violence, sharing social media posts showing guns, knives, T-shirts that say, in his case, 'Born to Kill,' are all signs," Gomez said.

Robert Boyce, a recently retired New York Police Department chief of detectives who is now an ABC News consultant, noted that social media can hold a number of clues.

"If someone sees something eerily or out of character on social media, someone needs to step forward. Go tell a teacher," he said.

Boyce was still working for the NYPD immediately after the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, and he said suspected school shooter complaints at schools "went way up" in the aftermath.

Other clues

Pagourtzis had reportedly been wearing a trench coat and heavy boots in the weeks before the shooting -- something that should have raised questions given that temperatures in Texas regularly hit the 80s and 90s in late spring, Boyce said.

Other changes in behavior, such as self-imposed social isolation, could also suggest a turn for the worse, Boyce said.

Sandy Hook Promise, a gun violence prevention group founded by the parents of two victims of the 2012 elementary school shooting, started a "Know the Signs" program that teaches students, parents and educators how to recognize red flags on social media and elsewhere before violence unfolds.

The group also notes on its website that "most mass shootings are planned for six months to a year. In almost every documented case, warning signs were given off that were not understood, were not acted upon quickly or was not shared with someone who could help."

Gomez said changes in romantic relationships, especially the ending of a relationship, or an individual "not taking no for an answer" and becoming aggressive are potential warning signs. School administrators need to be notified as well as law enforcement about these red flags, he added.

"What law enforcement has to do is they have to engage with the schools, the school districts, school administrators as well as parents, so they can explain to them the kind of red flags and behavioral indicators of concern that they need to look for with students who may potentially commit such violent attacks," Gomez said.

An extreme step

Another step, which Gomez acknowledges is controversial, is to stop children and teens from having access to guns and gun training.

When asked what he would say to parents today, Gomez responded, "You may think your kid is mature enough [to handle guns] but you don't know when your kid is going to have a bad day and take a gun into school and shoot away their problems just like 10 to 20 other students have done in the last year."

He said that the Santa Fe shooting "is a game changer" because it occurred three months after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

"You would have thought things were done to stop this, prevent this after Parkland but then this happened," he said.



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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Flooding has hit from North Carolina to Florida to New Mexico as the Southeast braces for more rain later this week.

Up to 4 inches of rain has fallen near Raleigh, North Carolina, causing flash flooding, stalling cars and prompting water rescues.

Four more inches of rain brought flooding to some southern Florida neighbors, and some areas have seen more than a foot of rain in the past nine days.

Also, flash flooding prompted water rescues in New Mexico, where at least one person has died.

This unsettled pattern will continue around the country with more flash flooding possible in spots.

The biggest threat for flooding will be in the Southeast over the next several days, as tropical moisture continues to stream into the region.

A disturbance in the northern Caribbean might develop into a tropical or subtropical cyclone over the next several days but, whether it develops or not, more heavy rain is forecast for the Southeast this week.

Some areas could see more than 6 inches of rain today through Saturday.

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Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- All eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day Saturday, except for the nearly 14 minutes when the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry made history with a soul-stirring sermon at St. George's Chapel that is still generating buzz.

"It’s been remarkable and very surprising," Curry said today on "Good Morning America" of the reaction to his sermon.

he New York-based Curry, who’s the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, made history again as the first American to preach at a British royal wedding.

Curry said it was Meghan and Harry's decision, in consultation with leaders of the Church of England, to include him in the wedding.

"I didn’t believe it because a member of my staff called and said, ‘They’d like you to preach at the royal wedding,'" Curry recalled. "I said, ‘Get out of here; it’s April Fools. You’ve got to be kidding me.’"

Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wed Saturday at St. George's Chapel in front of about 600 guests and a worldwide audience of billions.

Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church, spoke in his royal wedding address about the power of love and at one point quoted U.S. civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world," the bishop said Saturday. "Love is the only way. There's power in love. Don't underestimate it. Don't even over-sentimentalize it. There's power, power in love."

King's daughter, Bernice King, immediately recognized her late father's words.

She tweeted, "#MLK quote at the #RoyalWedding. Your life, teachings and words still matter so much, Daddy. Congrats, Harry and Meghan!"

What to know about Bishop Curry

Curry was installed as the 27th presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church in 2015, according to the church's official website. He was elected to a nine-year term.

A descendant of African slaves, Curry, 65, was born in Chicago, according to his official bio.

After attending school in Buffalo, New York, he graduated from Hobart College in 1975, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1978. That same year, he was ordained as a deacon at St. Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo, and went on to work as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Later, he became the rector of St. James' in Baltimore, until he was elected as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 2000.

Curry is passionate about social justice issues, marriage equality and immigration policy. He has authored three books: "Following the Way of Jesus: Church's Teachings in a Changing World," "Songs My Grandma Sang," and "Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus," and is a regular speaker in houses of worship and at conferences around the United States and internationally.

Married to Sharon Clement, Curry is the father to two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.

Read Bishop Curry's full royal wedding sermon HERE.

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ABCNews.com(BALTIMORE) --  A 16-year-old boy is in custody after being accused of first-degree murder for allegedly hitting a Baltimore County police officer with a car, according to charging documents.

Three other suspects -- all teenage boys -- were also taken into custody in connection with the Monday killing of officer Amy Caprio, police said.

The incident began as the teen sat in a Jeep Wrangler while the three other suspects burglarized a Baltimore County home, according to the documents.

Caprio responded and the teen, Dwanta Anthony Harris, fled down the street, according to the documents.

Someone saw the Jeep Wrangler drive directly at Caprio, striking her and then fleeing the area, according to the documents.

Harris admitted that he drove at the officer, the documents said.

He abandoned the Jeep a short distance away and was captured a block from there, the documents said.

Caprio suffered "traumatic injuries" and was later pronounced dead, according to the documents.

Harris was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, police said. He is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections in Towson and is set to appear at a bail review this afternoon.

The slain officer would have been a four-year veteran of the department this July, police said.

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(PUNA, Hawaii) -- Kilauea, the volcano in Hawaii that began erupting almost three weeks ago, exploded again Monday evening, authorities said.

The latest eruption occurred around 5:51 p.m. local time, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, citing a report from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

"Eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with one flow entering the ocean," the agency said in a post on Facebook. "Fissure 22 continues to produce most of the lava feeding the flows."

Lava from Fissure 22 has reached Puna Geothermal Venture property and "county, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities," the agency wrote in its post.

Residents nearby should be prepared to leave the area, as gas levels remain high.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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NPS/Instagram(WASHINGTON) -- The National Park Service has released its first-ever report on how the impact of sea level rise and flooding from storms could impact national parks around the country.

More than a quarter of the property managed by the park system is on a coast, according to the report, and many face increasing threats from rising sea levels connected to global warming and increased threats of flooding from storms in the coming decades.

The report had been edited to remove references to the human impact on climate change, causing Democrats to call for an investigation into whether the report was edited to remove references to the human impact on climate change, after a report from a nonprofit journalism organization reported that references to the human impact on climate change were removed from a draft of the report earlier this year.

The authors wrote that the National Park Service should be aware of the possible impacts of combined sea level rise and storm surge and that the report will help the National Park Service plan how to adapt.

"Sea level change and storm surge pose considerable risks to infrastructure, archaeological sites, lighthouses, forts, and other historic structures in coastal units of the national park system," the authors explained.

National parks already face more than $11 billion in backlog for maintenance. Flooding or hurricanes can cause even more expensive damages. Repairs to national parks after Hurricane Sandy cost more than $370 million, according to the report.

The new report released Friday found that parks in Washington, D.C., face the highest sea level rise by 2100 but that the parks are not directly on a coast and that parks in the Capitol region are very close together so each park would be affected differently.

In the case of a category 2 hurricane, for example, the report found that as much as 3 meters of flooding could travel up the Potomac River, potentially causing flooding in almost every park in the Capitol area, including the museums and war memorials on the National Mall.

"Such a storm surge could be worse by the end of this century given projected sea level rise around the Capital region of up the 0.8 meters," the report says.

National parks in the Southeast, especially the Everglades National Park, face threats from storm surge that are exacerbated by sea level rise, the report found. By the year 2100, the Wright Brothers National Memorial could be completely flooded if hit by a hurricane category 2 or higher, according to the report.

Research shows that global sea levels are changing because rising global temperatures from greenhouse gas emissions cause ice to melt, especially in places like Greenland and Antarctica. The report published by the National Park Service uses models from the United Nations' climate change panel, National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration, and research from the University of Colorado Boulder to estimate how national parks could be affected by sea level rise if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current levels.

The lead author of the report, Maria Caffrey of the University of Colorado Boulder, wrote on her website that a draft was finished in February 2017. The draft had been delayed and officials from the National Park Service deleted references to humans' role in climate change from draft versions of the report, according to nonprofit investigative news organization Reveal News' April report.

Terms like "anthropogenic climate change" and "human activities" releasing carbon dioxide were crossed out of previous drafts of the report, according to Reveal News. The phrases were in the version made public on Friday.

A spokesman said in an email to ABC News that the Park Service was confident the report was accurate and the final language of the document was a result of authors resolving conflicting edits.

"During multiple rounds of review, recommendations and suggested edits that focused the report on issues specific to national park units were offered for consideration by the author team. As often occurs, the author team experienced disagreements regarding the relative merits of incorporating some of the recommendations received before the report was finalized," the National Park Service spokesman said, adding, "The scientists preparing this report were doing just that when working drafts of the report were published in the news media before the authors had completed their deliberations."

Democrats requested that the Interior Department's internal watchdog look into whether the department was censoring scientists who worked on climate change, which would violate the agency's scientific integrity policy. The Inspector General Office has started looking into questions posed by lawmakers, according to Nancy DiPaolo, the Interior Department Inspector General's spokeswoman.



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Galveston County Sheriff's Office(SANTA FE, Texas) -- "Heroes" inside Santa Fe High School last week cornered the mass shooter within four minutes, keeping him contained until additional officers arrived to evacuate teachers and students, the Galveston County Sheriff said.

"Four minutes is about the only timeline that we need to key in on," Sheriff Henry Trochesset said Monday evening, offering new details on how police managed to stop the gunman in Friday’s deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

"The heroes from that [Independent School District] engaged this individual in approximately four minutes and stayed engaged with him, keeping him contained and engaged," Trochesset said, "so the other heroes -- that continued to arrive -- could evacuate the teachers administrators in the students from this school."

Speaking at a press conference, Trochesset revealed that his children and grandchildren are students at Santa Fe High School and his wife attended the school.

"My granddaughter was three doors down from where this occurred in that school," Trochesset said. "Her best friend that spent the night at my house, swam in my pool, is dead."

"This tragedy in this community touches home more than you'd imagine," he added.

The sheriff said the deadly shooting ended with the suspect being trapped in a room, with police in a hallway. By the end, about 200 law enforcement officers descended on the scene to help school district officers apprehend the suspect, Trochesset said, adding that the entire ordeal lasted about 25 minutes.

Trochesset also said he doesn't believe that any students were killed in law enforcement's crossfire, but they would need to wait on autopsy reports to confirm.

"From what I’ve seen, I don’t believe any of the individuals that were killed were from the law enforcement," he said.

Alleged gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested Friday morning after he opened fire on two art classrooms at the school, killing 10 and wounding 13 others. He's currently being held at the Galveston County Jail where he's under suicide watch, Trochesset said.

Pagourtzis, who's been charged with capital murder, allegedly was armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, both of which were legally owned by his father.

Pagourtzis' attorney, Nick Poehl, told ABC News on Monday that other students told him that his client had been bullied by students and adults at Santa Fe High School.

"It's something that we're looking into," Poehl said. "This weekend Santa Fe ISD released a statement saying they had investigated the claims of bullying and found them to be not true."

"That was released less than 24 hours after the incident occurred," Poehl added. "It's not clear what the nature of that investigation was except that it is clear that they didn't reach out to any of the kids that were on TV claiming that it occurred, so we have some questions about that investigation."

The suspect's father, Antonios Pagourtzis, referred to his son as a "good boy" who was "bullied at school" in an interview on Monday.

"He never got into a fight with anyone. I don’t know what happened," the elder Pagourtzis told the Wall Street Journal in a phone interview on Monday. "I hope God helps me and my family understand. We are all devastated."

"It would have been better," he added, "if he shot me than all those kids."



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ABCNews.com(SANTA ROSA, Calif.) -- Suspenseful body-camera footage of last year’s deadly Santa Rosa wildfires shows officers racing to evacuate residents in the middle of the night as flames destroyed the surrounding neighborhood, according to The Santa Rosa Police department, which released snippets of footage on its YouTube page.

One video shows officers banging on a door and yelling for residents to exit a home as a wall of flames rages in the backyard.

Another video appears to show two officers carrying an elderly resident down the stairs, outside and into a squad car.

"There is a fire coming your way -- you need to leave now," another officer announced over a squad car loudspeaker.

In one rescue, a resident who appears to be disoriented, asks, "Is my home on fire?"

ABC News previously reported that more than 40 people died in the wildfires, which also destroyed thousands of homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Santa Rosa, a city of about 175,000 in Sonoma County, was among the hardest-hit areas, with at least 2,834 homes, businesses and other buildings destroyed. Critical infrastructure was also lost in the flames, including the city's fire station, according to Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey.



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The Washington Township Police Department(WARREN COUNTY, N.J.) -- A New Jersey police department congratulated one of its officers this week after he helped deliver a baby deer after its mother was hit and killed on a roadway.

The Washington Township Police Department in Warren County said officer Robert Lagonera and a partner delivered the fawn via an "an emergency c-section" on Sunday morning after finding its mother on the side of a road.

"Starting at 3:30 am I was dispatched to a deceased doe that was just hit and still had moving fawn inside of it," Lagonera said, according to a Facebook post by the department. "Washington Township Police Officer Vernon took the initiative and performed an emergency C-section on the deceased doe saving one of the two fawn inside."

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) -- Two teachers and eight students, including an exchange student, were killed when a gunman stormed into Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday morning.

Thirteen others were injured in what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."

The suspected gunman, a 17-year-old student, is in custody after allegedly targeting two art classes.

Here is what we know about the 10 people killed.

Cynthia Tisdale

Art room teacher’s aide Cynthia Tisdale, a wife and mother of four, was among the dead, her brother-in-law, John Tisdale, wrote on Facebook.

Glenda Perkins

Victim Glenda Perkins had been a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School for years and her grandchildren attend the school, reported The Houston Chronicle.

Perkins was a respected member of the high school community, remembered for her patience and great attitude, the newspaper said.

"She always had a smile on her face," junior Jay Mann told the newspaper.

Shana Fisher

Shana Fisher was shy, sweet, quiet and talented, her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston.

She said the suspected gunman had been "making advances" toward her daughter.

"She kept telling him no over the past four months. She finally stood up to him because he kept getting more aggressive," Fisher said. "And not even a week later he just shoots everyone. And she was the first one.

"It would have to take a lot for someone to keep picking at her for her to even say anything," Fisher said. "'Cause she's just, when you introduce her to someone, she automatically puts her head down and smiles. I just don't get it. I don't understand why he would do that. Why would you take someone's life?

"I keep expecting her to come home 'cause we can't view the bodies," the distraught mother said. "So I don't think it's her. Like it's not real."

Sabika Sheikh

Sabika Sheikh, 17, was an exchange student from Pakistan who was determined to bring her native country closer to America, the Texas family who took in the foreign exchange student told mourners at her funeral on Sunday.

"She was the most beautiful, loving person I've ever met," said Jaelyn Cogburn, whose family took in Sabika six months ago as part of the Youth Exchange and Study program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

"She was so loyal to her faith, her country and she only had good things to say about everybody. She loved her family. She couldn't wait to see them, and she loved us," Jaelyn added.

Jaelyn's mother, Joleen Cogburn, recalled a conversation she had with Sabika when she first came to live in her home about what she wanted to accomplish as a foreign exchange student.

"I asked her how she got involved with wanting to become a foreign exchange student and why, and she said, 'Because I want to learn the American culture and I want America to learn the Pakistan culture and I want us to come together and unite,'" Cogburn said. "She wanted to be a businesswoman and she said she wanted to impact the world, and I think she's done that."

Cogburn's husband, Jason Cogburn, said that in the short time Sabika lived with them, she became as close as one of his daughters.

"We had no idea what God was going to send us, but he sent us one of the most precious gifts I've ever had in life," Jason Cogburn said.

Angelique Ramirez

Angelique Ramirez was outgoing, precious, kind, beautiful and smart, according to a Facebook post from her older sister, Araceli Ramirez, who called Angelique "my other half."

"I'll never forget my best friend, the first baby I ever held in my arms," Araceli Ramirez wrote. "My baby sister, the person who looked up to me for the longest time."

"You deserved so much, you had so much planned for yourself and they took that away from you," she wrote. "I’ll see you again my love."

Christopher Jake Stone

Christopher Stone, 17, an adventurous thrill seeker, was the youngest of three siblings, but he acted as the protector of his older sisters, his father said, the New York Times reported.

“Being a brother was his best job,” his father, also named Christopher Stone, said, according to the newspaper. “He was always there if someone needed someone to listen or some cheering up.”

Jared Black

Jared Black was in art class -- his favorite -- when he was killed, The Washington Post reported.

He had recently turned 17 and his birthday party was supposed to take place on Saturday, the newspaper said.

Jared’s father is “broken and devastated,” family friend Elizabeth McGinnis wrote in a statement, according to the Post.

“We miss him so much,” his half-brother, Nick Black, said in a statement, according to the Post. “We wish we would see him at least one more time.”

Kimberly Vaughan

Slain student Kimberly Vaughan was described by a family friend as witty, intelligent and unique, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Kimberly was raised by her mother, Rhonda Hart, who works as a bus driver for her daughter's school district, the newspaper said.

While Hart was waiting to learn her daughter's fate, she still comforted other children, a family friend said, according to the newspaper. One mother wrote on Facebook that the "wonderful" bus driver "did everything she could" to make her daughter "feel safe while not knowing the status of her own child."

Later that afternoon, Hart wrote on Facebook, "We need GUN CONTROL. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR KIDS."

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Christian Riley Garcia

Christian Riley Garcia, 15, who went by Riley, grew up attending Crosby Church in Crosby, Texas, according to a Friday night Facebook post from Pastor Keenan Smith.

"I just left his wonderful, loving family and extended all of the prayers and love for them from our Church," Smith wrote. "I don’t know exactly how, but I know together in Christ we can make it."

Smith posted a photo he said was taken about 10 days earlier, showing the teenager posing next to scripture on a piece of wood. Smith said this was going to be the door frame of his new bedroom.

"Riley you are greatly loved and greatly missed," Smith said.

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(HILO, Hawaii) -- Lava from the Kilauea volcano is pouring into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii's Big Island, creating a new, dangerous hazard known as "laze."

When the lava enters the ocean, it generates a laze plume -- a dangerous mix of lava and haze that can cause eye, lung and skin irritation.

Laze plumes can travel with the wind and can change direction quickly, which has prompted authorities to urge the public to avoid the area completely. Authorities have warned that the most dangerous place to be exposed to "laze" is near the entry point of the lava into the sea. Even being downwind of the entry point is not advised because the wispy edges of the laze can cause skin and eye irritation and difficulty breathing.

The U.S. Coast Guard is also helping keep people away from the coast and only allowing permitted tour boats into the area.

According to the United States Geological Survey, "laze" is when molten lava flows into the ocean, reacting vigorously with seawater to create a different type of gas plume that results in hazy and noxious conditions downwind of an ocean entry. It forms through a series of chemical reactions as hot lava boils the colder seawater to dryness.

Charlie Mandeville of the Volcano Hazards Program at the USGS told ABC News "the trade winds in Hawaii are currently blowing the laze to the southwest direction, causing the southeast shore of Kilauea to be at highest risk of the plume."

He said that the plume is an irritating mixture of hydrochloric acid gas, steam and tiny volcanic glass particles.

The ocean-entry plume can also cause acid rain that has a pH between 1.5 and 3.5, which has the corrosive properties of diluted battery acid.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A police officer in Baltimore County, Maryland, was shot and killed Monday afternoon after responding to a suspicious vehicle report, according to the state's governor, Larry Hogan.

The suspected killer is still at large and police are searching for multiple suspects in the Baltimore suburb of Perry Hall, authorities said.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County Police Officer after she was shot in the line of duty today," Hogan said in a Twitter post. "Our prayers go out to this brave officer's family."

Cpl. Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department, said he could not confirm the governor's statement that the officer was shot. He would only say that the officer was critically injured when she confronted multiple suspects just before 2 p.m. in a residential area.

The officer was not immediately identified. She was rushed to Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, where she died at 2:50 p.m., officials said.

Vincent said the officer would have been a four-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department in July.

"She was just doing her job," Vincent said.

Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan and several of the officer's colleagues were at the hospital providing support to the officer's loved ones.

Vincent said the fatal confrontation happened at the end of a cul-de-sac on Linwen Way off Belair Road in a heavily residential area of Perry Hall.

He said the officer was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. He also said police discovered damage to a rear patio door of a home in the area, indicating the officer may have interrupted a burglary in progress.

"There were multiple suspects. Right now we are actively searching for at least one armed suspect," Vincent said during a news conference at Franklin Square Hospital about 4:30 p.m.

He said police were combing the neighborhood where the fatal encounter occurred and that three elementary schools were on "alert status" and residents in the area are being asked to shelter in place.

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iStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) -- Two U.S. citizens were stopped and questioned last week by a Border Patrol agent in Havre, Montana, for speaking Spanish at a gas station, one of the women told ABC El Paso, Texas, affiliate KVIA-TV.

As she was being questioned, Ana Suda recorded the interaction on her cellphone, the video of which has gained traction online.

The agent can be heard saying, "Ma'am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here and saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here."

Andrew Meehan, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assistant commissioner for public affairs, told ABC News Sunday night that the "agent used a poor choice of words, for sure."

Speaking Spanish alone "is not enough" to pull someone over or ask for ID, he said, though adding it's possible that the agent still "very well could have been following procedure."

An internal investigation into the incident has been launched, according to CBP.

The woman was not detained but stopped in a consensual encounter, according to a Border Patrol official. She was not prevented from leaving, the official said.

Suda said she entered the convenience store to buy eggs and milk when she was approached by the agent.

"I was next in line when I heard my friend say something in Spanish and then I looked and a Border Patrol agent was behind me," Suda told KVIA-TV.

"He asked where I was born, so I looked at him and I said, 'Are you serious?'" Suda added. "He's like, 'Yes, I'm serious,' but, you know, with a very authoritative voice."

Suda asked whether she could pay for her items, to which he responded "no."

"He's like, 'No, give me your ID,'" she said. "I said, 'I will give you my ID and I will go and pick up my cellular phone because I'm going to record you,'" Suda said.

The Border Patrol official told ABC News that speaking Spanish is not something you can solely detain someone on, but it is something you can use as one factor for the totality of the circumstance.

Speaking Spanish in a place like Havre, Montana, for example, catches one's attention, according to the official.

The Border Patrol said in a statement, "U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers are committed to treating everyone with professionalism, dignity and respect while enforcing the laws of the United States. Although most Border Patrol work is conducted in the immediate border area, agents have broad law enforcement authorities and are not limited to a specific geography within the United States.

"They have the authority to question individuals, make arrests, and take and consider evidence," the statement continued. "Decisions to question individuals are based on a variety of factors for which Border Patrol agents are well-trained. This incident is being reviewed to ensure that all appropriate policies were followed."

Suda, who was born in El Paso, Texas, plans to file a lawsuit, she told KVIA-TV.

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ABCNews.com(SANTA FE, Texas) -- The attorney for the teenage boy who allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas is looking into reports that the suspected gunman was bullied, he told ABC News.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was taken into custody after he allegedly burst into two art classrooms on Friday morning, killing 10 people and wounding 13 others.

Pagourtzis' attorney, Nick Poehl, told ABC News on Monday that he hasn't yet discussed bullying with his client, but Poehl said other students have indicated Pagourtzis was bullied by students and adults at Santa Fe High School.

"It's something that we’re looking into," Poehl said.

"This weekend Santa Fe ISD released a statement saying they had investigated the claims of bullying and found them to be not true," Poehl said. "That was released less than 24 hours after the incident occurred. It’s not clear what the nature of that investigation was except that it is clear that they didn’t reach out to any of the kids that were on TV claiming that it occurred, so we have some questions about that investigation.”

Pagourtzis, who has been charged with capital murder, was allegedly armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, both of which appear to be legally owned by his father.

"It does appear that the guns were kept in a locked gun cabinet or gun safe," Poehl said, adding, "How he got access to them, we don’t know."

For Pagourtzis' parents, the massacre "is very, very difficult to comprehend at this point," Poehl said.

"They’re as in-the-dark and kinda learning about it through the media the same way we are," he said. "They love their son, they do not understand how this happened or how it could have happened, and they’re waiting for answers, too."

Poehl, who described Pagourtzis as "confused and scared," said the motive may be unclear for his client, as well.

"At this point, I’m not even prepared to say he knows why this happened," Poehl said.

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Google Maps(DALLAS) -- A letter threatening an active shooting was found this morning at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, the medical school said on Twitter.

One building on campus was evacuated as a precaution, the school said.

University Police are investigating and patrolling the campus, UT Southwestern said, adding that no immediate threats were discovered.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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