What we know about Texas school suspect 17 year old Dimitrios PagourtzisMay 19, 2018 12:19
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Texas school killer, Dimitrios Pagourtzis was seen entering the low-slung building at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning, armed and wearing a trench coat.
Authorities have said that, like others who’ve terrorized American students, the 17-year-old planned to kill his peers and then himself
The events happened very quickly after he opened fire, erupting the school in chaos., immediately An alarm clanged, and in the art room, bloodied students cried for help.
But once the bullets pierced his classmates’ bodies, the suspect surrendered, said Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, and admitted “that he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide.”
On Friday, as a small Texas town grappled with the deaths of 10 of their own, a sketchy profile of another violent young man came to the fore, the disturbing details of his life blurring with those of the school gunmen of the past.
“Born to Kill” appeared on a T-shirt he posted on his Facebook page, along with images of the trench coat and an explanation of its decorations.
“Hammer and Sickle=Rebellion,” he wrote. “Rising Sun=Kamikaze Tactics. Iron Cross=Bravery. Baphomet=Evil.”
Above all this, Mr. Pagourtzis posted artwork seemingly inspired by the electronic musician James Kent, professionally known as Perturbator. Mr. Kent’s music - largely instrumental - has been adopted by affiliates of neo-Nazi groups and the alt-right.
Mr. Abbott said that the gunman had used a shotgun and .38 revolver, both of which appeared to be obtained from the suspect’s father, who legally owned them. The suspect also kept a journal, which detailed his plans for the attack and his suicide.
Dr. Chuck Burnell, the chief medical officer for Acadian Ambulance Service, said it appeared that the gunman had loaded the shotgun with buckshot and that “the high degree of lethality was because of close-range buckshot.”
By Friday afternoon, the suspect was in custody at the Galveston County jail. Federal authorities are seeking search warrants to find explosive devices at two residences.
Police said the gunman brought several of these devices into the school. It was unclear whether any went off.
During a court appearance that lasted about two minutes on Friday evening, a Texas judge denied bond for Mr. Pagourtzis, who has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant. Mr. Pagourtzis, who was dressed in a jail jumpsuit and said little as he stood before a judge, requested a court-appointed lawyer. He was not asked to enter a plea.