This is the third school shooting in eight days, and the 22nd in the United States since the beginning of the year. An attack in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead in February, and ignited a larger push for gun control as surviving teens launched a national grassroots movement calling for reform.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings had harsh words for federal lawmakers who have been commenting on the Sante Fe shooting, which he shared in a Friday morning tweet. “History will not look kindly upon those elected officials who failed to act in the face of repeated mass murders of our children,” he said. “Spare us your thoughts and prayers and do your job.”
SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) – Authorities tell Eyewitness News that 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was the gunman in the deadly shooting that unfolded Friday morning inside Santa Fe High School, killing 10 people and injuring 10 more.
Pagourtzis was arrested, and authorities say he is a student at the high school. According to a probable cause affidavit, he told authorities that “he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.”
His Facebook page also listed a possible interest in the United States Marines Corps, “starting in 2019.” ABC News reached out to the Pentagon, and they said they do not have record of anyone with the last name Pagourtzis in Marine Corps.
‘Pagourtzis describes himself as an atheist for religious views, and “I hate politics” for political views. He also posted photos of himself, his gaming station setup, and t-shirts. He posted a photo on April 30, 2018 of a t-shirt that says “Born to Kill.”
On the same day, he also posted a photo of a jacket with pins of various symbols (Communist party, Iron Cross, Rising Sun, baphomet, and Cthulhu).
FIRST LOOK: This is the mugshot of 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He is accused of killing at least 10 people at #SantaFeHighSchool; WHAT WE KNOW –> https://t.co/y0nL4mGNeZ #SantaFe #SantaFeShooting #SantaFeHighSchool pic.twitter.com/f3XfDj8Hgx
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) May 18, 2018
The Santa Fe Indians Freshman Football website lists a “Dimitrios Pagourtzis” with jersey #73, position DL with graduation year of 2019.
TEAMMATE: “He was very quiet and kept to himself”
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Galveston has posted photos of their “Galveston Nisiotes” – a Greek Dance Troupe performing at the Galveston Heritage Festival on its website. In one of the photos, a “Dimitri Pagourtzis” is listed in the photo caption. The suspect’s mother’s Facebook page also includes a similar photo of the same Greek dance troup.
Authorities say Pagourtzis was armed with a shotgun and a .38 revolver that belonged to his father. They believe those weapons were legally owned by his father.
Journals, a computer and cell phone recovered during the investigation suggested that not only did Pagourtzis intend to carry out the shooting, but he planned to commit suicide afterward, authorities say. He did not attempt to kill himself, but instead, surrendered to police.
Pagourtzis has been booked into the Galveston County Jail on a charge of capital murder. He is being held without bond.
Due to his age, if convicted, Pagourtzis would not be eligible for the death penalty.
During their investigation, authorities obtained warrants to search two homes. They found various explosive devices in a home and vehicle, as well as on the school’s campus.
They are urging the community to be on the lookout for suspicious items and to report anything unusual to 911.