UPDATE: 10 Dead And 13 Wounded At Santa Fe High School Shooting; What We Know About The Alleged Shooter

The FBI says 13 people, not 10, were injured in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in which 10 people were killed

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, whom law enforcement officials took into custody on Friday, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault in the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

The 17-year-old who is accused of opening fire at a Texas high school on Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 13 others, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held at Galveston County Jail with no bond, according to a tweet by the Santa Fe Independent School District, and has been speaking to investigators. Officials have not released a motive, but some information about the suspect and the attack is emerging.

It appears the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School was planned. During a Friday press conference, Gov. Greg Abbott said information contained in journals on Pagourtzis’ computer and cellphone suggested that “not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting.”

The suspect, however, gave himself up because he “didn’t have the courage” to follow through with taking his own life, Abbott said.

While the evidence points to a planned attack, students who knew the suspect provided an inconsistent description of their classmate.

Tyler Ray, an 18-year-old senior, played football for the Sante Fe Indians with the suspect, who was a defensive tackle on the junior varsity team. At a vigil for the victims in the center of Santa Fe on Friday night, Ray told NPR’s John Burnett that he would have never suspected his former teammate was capable of mass murder – he was just joking with the suspect on a field trip to a Galveston water park on Thursday, the day before the massacre.

“One day you think you know this kid, you think you can hang out with him, you can joke with him,” Ray said. “And the next day he’s shootin’ up the school. You just never know.”

But Lauren Severin, a 17-year-old junior wearing a cross around her neck, told Burnett that her impression of the suspect was very different after having a couple classes with him. She said she thinks Pagourtzis was bullied in school because he was different.

“I don’t think he was normal,” she said. “I think he was really strange and quiet. I wasn’t surprised when I heard it was him. … He always wears this weird trench coat and kind of looks like a psychopath.”

The weapons used in the attack — a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver — were not “legally possessed” by the suspect, but appear to be legally owned by the his father, who was not named by authorities. It was unclear whether the father was aware his son had the weapons.

On Friday, there were reports of possible explosive devices at the school, the suspect’s home and in a vehicle, according to officials. Those devices were found to be fake in all but one case. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said Saturday that police found carbon dioxide canisters taped together and a pressure cooker with an alarm clock and nails inside at the high school, but the devices weren’t capable of detonating.

This undated photo from Facebook shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials have taken into custody and identified as the suspect in the deadly school shooting on Friday, in Santa Fe, Texas.

Authorities say the suspect has provided a statement to police while in custody, telling investigators that he didn’t shoot his classmates that he liked “so he could have his story told,” the AP reports.

The governor said there is nothing at this time that would indicate there were missed warning signs, like in the case of the other mass shooters such as Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church in November 2017, or alleged school shooter Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school in February.

“One of the frustrating things in the early status of this case is that unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there weren’t those kinds of warning signs,” Abbott said “Here the red flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible.”

Facebook posts allegedly linked to Pagourtzis show a black T-shirt with the words “Born to Kill” in white block letters written across the front. Authorities say he had no prior confrontations with law enforcement and has no past criminal history.

Attorneys Nicholas Poehl and Robert Barfield, who were hired by the suspect’s parents to represent him in court, are urging the public not to rush to judgment.

“I think every parent instinctively knows they don’t know everything about their kids, but when you find out something like this today, it’s extremely hard,” Poehl told Houston TV station KTRK. “To those out there watching, try to remember these people are victims too, they didn’t know and they didn’t expect, and they certainly couldn’t have predicted [the shooting]. Prayers to everyone in this whole mess.”


Students at a Texas high school where a gunman killed 10 people are being allowed inside the building to get car keys and other belongings they left behind.

Walter Braun, the school district’s chief of police, said at a news conference Saturday that the students will be allowed inside Santa Fe High School in groups of no more than 10 and would be accompanied by officers. He said about 50 students had been admitted as of Saturday afternoon and that others would be allowed in for about three more hours.

Braun and other officials declined to answer questions about the investigation into Friday’s shooting, deferring to the FBI, which has taken the lead.

Authorities say it was carried out by a 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who faces murder charges.

At least 10 people were injured in the attack, including a school police officer who was shot and wounded. Braun says the officer remains in critical condition.


A Texas official said explosive devices found with the suspected gunman at a high school near Houston weren’t capable of detonating.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said Saturday that authorities found a group of carbon dioxide canisters taped together, and a pressure cooker with an alarm clock and nails inside. But he said the canisters had no detonation device and the pressure cooker had no explosive material.

Henry also said police exchanged “a lot of firepower” with 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis before the Santa Fe High School student surrendered.

The shooting took place in an art room Friday morning on the roughly 1,400-student campus.

Pagourtzis in jailed on murder charges.


Pakistani businessman Abdul Aziz Sheikh said he learned of the tragedy unfolding at a high school in Texas when he turned on the TV after iftar, the fast-breaking meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Realizing it was the school where his 18-year-old daughter, Sabika, was an exchange student, he flipped through channels trying to learn more and left her messages, but she didn’t reply.

He called his daughter’s friends, but they weren’t responding either. It was only when he reached the exchange program that he got the bad news: Sabika Khan was among the 10 people killed in Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston.

Fighting back tears, her father told The Associated Press on Saturday in Karachi that Sabika was due home in about three weeks for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. He said he thought she would be safe in the U.S.


The head of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee said the teenager suspected of killing 10 people and wounding others at a Texas high school collapsed while giving himself up, avoiding a police confrontation.

Republican Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, a former federal prosecutor, said 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis “sort of fell to the ground and surrendered.”

McCaul said late Friday that Pagourtzis wore a trench coat despite the sweltering temperatures earlier that day “to hide the shotgun and .38-caliber underneath” during the attack at Santa Fe High School near Houston.

He said authorities recovered a couple of explosive devices at the school and “several” in Pagourtzis’ vehicle and home, and that they’ve been sent for testing to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.


A hospital treating three of the people injured in the mass shooting at a Texas high school said one patient, who is a minor, is in good condition and the other two patients are in critical condition.

The University of Texas Medical Branch tweeted the update Saturday.

Hospitals on Friday reported treating a total of 14 people for injuries related to the shooting.

Ten people, mostly students, were killed in the attack Friday at the high school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been arrested in the attack on murder charges.

The shooting was the deadliest school attack since 17 were killed in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


Investigators say a 17-year-old admitted he went on a shooting rampage at a Southeast Texas high school that left 10 dead, most of them students.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Dimitrios Pagourtzis told investigators that when he opened fire at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning, “he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.”

Authorities have not offered any motive. Pagourtzis is being held without bond at the Galveston County Jail.

Sophomore Zachary Muehe told The New York Times that Pagourtzis entered his art classroom armed with a shotgun and was wearing a trench coat and a shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Born to Kill.”

The shooting was the deadliest school attack since 17 were killed in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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