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School Shooter Identified as 17-Year-Old Student

At least 10 are dead at Santa Fe High School in Texas
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2018 9:15 AM CDT
Updated May 18, 2018 2:42 PM CDT
This undated photo from Facebook shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis.   (Facebook via AP)
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(Newser) – Ten people are dead and 10 more wounded after Friday morning's shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, says Gov. Greg Abbott. No IDs have been released, but earlier Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said most victims were students at Santa Fe High School. USA Today reports that nine of the dead are students. The suspected gunman, a student at the school, is in custody, and Abbott said "one or two" other people of interest were being interviewed, but it was unclear what, if any, role they might have played in the attack.

  • Identified: The alleged shooter has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a junior at the school. The AP says he played on the school's JV football team and belongs to the dance squad of a local Greek Orthodox Church. KHOU reports that he recently posted an image of a T-shirt reading "Born to Kill" and a caption of "we all die sometime." He also reportedly posted images of knives, guns, and a coat with Nazi insignia. Abbott said Pagourtzis told police he planned to commit suicide but couldn't go through with it.
  • Explosives: Police say possible explosives were found at the school as well as at a site off campus. "Evidently this guy threw pipe bombs," one law enforcement official tells the Houston Chronicle. "We don't know if any of them went off." Bomb technicians also were at a home in Galveston County, a few miles from the school, reports KTRK.
  • Weapons: Pagourtzis used two guns in the attack that he stole from his father, a shotgun and a .38 revolver, said Abbott, per the Washington Post.

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