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School Shooting in Texas Claims Ten Lives

A school shooting claimed the lives of 10 people and wounded 10 others at a Texas high school Friday morning. The shooter has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. 

Armed with a shotgun and a .38 revolver legally owned by his father, Pagourtzis opened fire shortly after classes began at Santa Fe High School around 7:30 a.m. Police also found explosive devices including pipe bombs and pressure cookers on campus and in the adjacent area. It has not been confirmed whether any devices exploded. 

Two of the victims include substitute teacher Cynthia Tisdale and Pakastani exchange student Sabika Sheikh. Sheikh was in Texas as part of the Youth Exchange & Study Program. Pakistan's Consul General in Houston has contacted Sheikh's family in Pakistan. 

Pagourtzis has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant. He was denied bail and has been cooperating with police. According to a probable cause affidavit, Pagourtzis purposely targeted those that he killed and spared the lives of those he liked. 

According to his Facebook page, Pagourtzis began attending Santa Fe High School in August 2015. He played JV football in 2016. Other students knew him as a quiet kid, who often wore a trench coat to school. He has no prior criminal record, but police found information in journals that indicated he wanted to commit the shooting and take his own life following the shooting. 

Pagourtzis' social media included photos containing Nazi, communist, fascist and religious symbols, and a custom T-shirt that read "BORN TO KILL." His Facebook bio indicated he planned to join the US Marine Corps in 2019, although the military branch has no record of Pagourtzis filling out any paperwork. 

A second individual has been taken into custody, although authorities have determined he was not the shooter. Pagourtzis has told investigators he acted alone.

 

 

 

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