Gov. Greg Abbott says there were few prior warnings about the suspected gunman who opened fire inside a Texas high school, unlike in other recent mass shootings.
Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset says 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been charged with capital murder in the Friday morning shooting that killed 10 people and wounded 10 others in the community of Santa Fe.
Abbott said that “unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there were not those types of warning signs.” He was referring to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida and one in November inside a church in a town near San Antonio.
A school resource officer shot in the arm when he engaged the gunman is undergoing surgery.
What we know:
- Pagourtzis had a shotgun and a .38 revolver with him during the shooting at the high school in Santa Fe, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said.
- Both weapons were legally owned by the suspect’s father, but it’s not clear if his father knew the guns had been taken.
- The governor said the shooter initially planned to kill himself, but told authorities he didn’t have the courage to take his own life.
- Explosive devices including a molotov cocktail were found in Pagourtzis’ home, vehicle and the school.
- The alleged shooter had a journal where he outlined his plans and had a Facebook post with a t-shirt that read: “born to kill.”
- There were few prior warning signs about the gunman. Abbott said, “The red-flag warnings were either non-existent or very imperceptible.”
- A student told Houston NBC affiliate KPRC that he saw Pagourtzis in the hallway before the shooting and he was wearing his “usual outfit”: a trench coat.
- Tristen Patterson, a friend of the suspect, said Pagourtzis was interested in guns and simulation video games but has never talked about killing people, the Associated Press reports.
- Pagourtzis plays on the school’s junior varsity football team and is a member of the dance squad with a local Greek Orthodox church, according to the AP.