5 Things To Know About Dimitrios Pagourtzis, The Santa Fe School Shooter Who Murdered 10 People

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Including details on the shooting.

Santa Fe High School is the latest school affected by a deadly and tragic mass shooting.

According to the New York Times, 10 people died and 10 others were seriously injured — including two police officers — after 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School on May 18.  The junior reportedly yelled "Surprise" before he started shooting at his fellow students and teachers. 

This shooting is the 22nd mass school shooting this year, and the third shooting in just eight days. Pagourtzis walked into an art class and began firing what looked like a shotgun, according to witnesses. 


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"We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families. It's time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again," Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters Friday.

Sante Fe District police chief Walter Braun stated to multiple news outlets that authorities found explosive devices in the high school and in adjacent areas but it wasn't made clear if any of them went off. The school was cleared of all students and staff, who were directed to nearby facilities to reunite with their families. 

Chief Braun urged all people living in Sante Fe, which is about 13,000, to "not touch any items that look out of place, and call 911" if they see something suspicious.

So far none of the victims have been identified, and many students were interviewed after escaping the school.

"I didn't look. I just ran," stated one unidentified student after hearing an alarm go off according to CNN. 

"I was in the history hallway, and as soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as ... (a) practice fire drill," said Dakota Shrader, who said she heard gunshots after the alarm went off. "And next thing you know, we just hear ... three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run."


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President Donald Trump has publicly addressed the school shooting in Santa Fe stating that federal authorities are coordinating with local officials.

"Unfortunately, I have to begin by expressing our sadness and heartbreak over the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. This has been going on too long in our country. Too many years. Too many decades. We grieve the terrible loss of life and send our support to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack."

As far as what his plans are for taking action against future shootings, President Trump stated, “My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and do everything we can to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others."

As the news broke around the world of the terrible tragedy, new details have emerged about the shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Here's what we know:

1. The weapons he used were legally owned by his father. 

The weapons used by Pagourtzis in the mass school shooting included a shotgun and a .38 revolver that were both legally purchased by the suspect's father Antonios Pagourtzis.

Authorities collected other weapons from the shooter's home including various explosive devices like a CO2 device and a Molotov cocktail. Dimitrios Pagourtzis also carried pipe bombs on him.

His family has not yet commented on the tragic event, but according to his father's Facebook page, he “likes” Dana Loesch, the conservative political activist and spokesperson for the National Rifle Association who publicly defended their stance on assault rifles after the Parkland school mass shooting. 

2. He proudly displayed this shirt on Facebook.

On a now-deleted Facebook page that appeared to belong to Pagourtzis, he shared a photo of a custom t-shirt with the words "Born To Kill" on it that was uploaded on April 30, according to Buzzfeed.

Reports also state that witnesses saw the suspect wearing the “Born to Kill” t-shirt and “army boots.” Pagourtzis had also uploaded photos of a military green trench coat with what appeared to be Nazi-related insignia and a reference to "kamikaze tactics." 

Facebook later confirmed that they had removed the suspected shooter's profile in a statement with Buzzfeed News stating: "In line with our policy against mass murderers, we removed the shooter’s profile."

3. Students who knew him described him as "quiet."

Payton Bailey, a 16-year-old sophomore at Santa Fe High school said Pagourtzis was quiet and kept to himself, often wearing a trench coat to school. Her cousin was in the room when he allegedly began shooting according to Buzzfeed News.

She also said that someone once told her Pagourtzis "believed in evil." Another student, sophomore Avery Garza, said a friend of his was also in the room when Pagourtzis allegedly opened fire. Garza stated Pagourtzis hadn’t been at the school for several days prior to the shooting. 

“We would have never thought it was him,” he said. “I’ve never talked to him. He never talked to anyone.”

4. His Instagram account displayed photos of weapons.

Pagourtzis uploaded a photo of a gun to his Instagram account, along with the caption, "Hi f--kers." The account also follows President Trump, along with multiple gun enthusiasts pages.

He also posted a photo of a shooting gun arcade game. 

5. Pagourtzis was listed as an honor's student and a member of the JV football team.

While playing for the JV football team at Santa Fe high school, Pagourtzis was noted for playing a big part in their undefeated season back in 2016, according to Heavy.

Pagourtzis' teammate Rey Montemayor III, said, “I played football with him for three years. People on the news said he was bullied a lot. I never seen him being bullied. I never bullied him. He was cool to me. I lifted with him a couple of times.”

Another student, however, said that Pagourtzis was in fact bullied for his bodily odor. Santa Fe student Dustin Severin stated Pagourtzis was, "picked on by coaches before, for smelling bad and stuff like that. And he doesn’t really talk to very many people either. He keeps to himself.” 

Pagourtzis is currently being held on a capital murder charge with no bond. 


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