More information and facts about the student charged in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School are emerging now including the telling detail that he posted an image on Facebook of himself wearing a “Born to Kill” shirt. He also used his father’s shotgun and pistol in carrying out the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of 10 people while wounding 10 others.
The school has been closed as a result of the tragic shooting. Authorities said the school will close until Tuesday.
The suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the teenager hid a shotgun and .38- caliber revolver under a trench coat, casually walked into the school and started firing around 8 a.m., carrying out the deadliest attack since February.
His Facebook profile described Pagourtzis as planning to enter the U.S. Marine Corps next year. However, the Marine Corps told The Associated Press that there’s no one with the same name as Pagourtzis in their records as either a recruit or a person in their delayed entry pool.
Abbott also said initial investigation into the crime showed no prior criminal history for Pagourtzis. There have been no arrests and no confrontations with law enforcement.
A motive for the killing has yet to be established by the investigators. Both weapons used by the suspect were legally owned by his father. It is not yet clear whether the father knew that the said firearms were taken by his 17-year-old son.
Abbott also revealed that Pagourtzis’ journal indicates that he wanted to kill himself after the shooting. He later admitted to authorities after he was arrested that he did not have the “courage” to shoot himself.
His classmates described Pagourtzis as quiet, an avid video game player who routinely wore a black trench coat and black boots to class. He also played football for the school’s junior varsity team, and danced as well as part of a church group.
Those who know the 17-year-old were shocked to find out that he might be involved in the horrific shootings.
Aside from Pagourtzis, two others were detained, although it remains unclear how they could be related to the killings.