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Texas officials sound off one day after Sante Fe High School shooting

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  A day after a student opened fire at Sante Fe High School in Texas, students are being allowed back on campus to retrieve their cars and belongings. 

Santa Fe officials also held a news conference Saturday encouraging people to pray for the community and the families of the victims. 

Eight students and two adults were killed when authorities say 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at the school around eight Friday morning. 

"This is a tough time, we've got a hurting community," Republican congressman Randy Weber said at Saturday's press conference. "We've got people who lost loved ones, some of them students, some of them adults we're going to pull through this."

Weber and Santa Fe Police Chief Walter Braun praised the actions of responding officers and the school resource officer who Weber says stopped the shooter from taking more lives.

"Our officers went in there and did what they could," Braun said. "They did what they're trained for and went in immediately, and it's a tragic event for everybody involved."

Weber also says he believes school districts should be able to decide if teachers should be armed. 

"If Sante Fe School District wants to allow their teachers to be armed with training, concealed handgun licensing, handgun proficiency, with training, yes, if the district wants to do that, yes, I think this should be allowed,"Weber said. 

Thirteen people were hurt.. including the school resource officer, who the chief says is in critical but stable condition. 

The Red Cross has set up a shelter where members of the community can come for emotional support and meals.

The accused shooter is being held without bond. 

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