University of Houston baseball commit among wounded in Texas school shooting

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A blossoming pitcher who recently committed to the University of Houston was among those wounded at Santa Fe High School (Texas), where at least 10 people were killed in a mass shooting Friday.

Rome Shubert, a sophomore pitcher for Santa Fe, posted on Twitter that he was shot in the back of the head during Friday’s senseless tragedy. Shubert suffered non-life threatening injuries and was discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon.

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According to the Houston Chronicle, Shubert was sitting in his classroom doing homework when the gumman entered and fired multiple shots.

“I was sitting doing my work and he walked in, tossed something on the desks behind me,” Shubert said, “and then three loud pops and I jumped under my table and flipped it in front of me and I guess he ran out in the hall and I took off out the back door and when I was running I realized I was shot in the back of my head.”

The suspect, identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who attended the same school, is reportedly in police custody.

Shubert says he was one of the lucky ones as the bullet “missed everything vital.” At least nine other people were reportedly injured.


Shubert pitched for Santa Fe in its 4-0 loss to Kingwood Park in Game 1 of a playoff series Thursday night. Despite his youth, he’d already long been on the radar of several college programs. In January, Shubert proudly announced his commitment to the University of Houston.


Because of NCAA rules, the University of Houston was not allowed to comment on Shubert’s involvement in the shooting. The school did offer its condolences to all those affected by the shooting.


The Houston Astros offered condolences as well.


The Astros will hold a moment of silence before Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

Emergency responders respond to an active shooter in front of Santa Fe High School. (AP/Houston Chronicle )
Emergency responders respond to an active shooter in front of Santa Fe High School. (AP/Houston Chronicle )

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