Court document shows the gunman in the Santa Fe high-school shooting confessed to the killings

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office via Associated PressDimitrios Pagourtzis, whom law-enforcement officials took into custody Friday, in a photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Authorities have identified the suspect in the high-school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17.
  • A court document published by local news outlets late Friday shows that Pagourtzis surrendered to police, waived his Miranda rights, and confessed to the deadly shooting.
  • Ten people, most of them students, were killed in the shooting Friday morning, and another 10 were wounded, Gov. Greg Abbott told news outlets.
  • One student told a local TV station that Pagourtzis was bullied and didn’t have many friends.

Police have identified Dimitrios Pagourtzis as the suspect in the shooting that left 10 people dead at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday. Pagourtzis was a student at the school.

Pagourtzis was armed with two firearms, including a shotgun and a.38-calibre revolver, Gov. Greg Abbott told news outlets on Friday afternoon. Both weapons appeared to have been legally purchased by Pagourtzis’ father, and Abbott said there was no information to suggest that he knew his son had obtained them.

After Pagourtzis made his first court appearance late Friday, local news outlets began circulating a court document that showed Pagourtzis had surrendered to police around 8:02 a.m., roughly 30 minutes after police first responded to the shooting. Pagourtzis waved his Miranda rights and confessed to the killings.

The court document also notes that Pagourtzis told investigators “he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.”

Pagourtzis was arrested at the scene and is being held at the Galveston County Jail on a capital murder charge, the sheriff said in a statement. A second person of interest was also detained but has not yet been identified, authorities said.

Abbott also said several explosive devices, including a CO2 device and a Molotov cocktail, were found in a home and a vehicle, though Pagourtzis’ vehicle remained missing. Law-enforcement officials were searching a home believed to be where Pagourtzis lived throughout Friday afternoon.

Dimitrios pagourtzisFacebook via Associated PressPagourtzis in an undated photo from Facebook. Officials have identified him as the suspect in the deadly school shooting on Friday in Santa Fe, Texas, near Houston.

A Facebook page belonging to Pagourtzis appeared to be taken down on Friday, but screenshots published by some news outlets indicated he went by the nickname Dimitri and had posted photos of a T-shirt that read “Born to Kill.”

An Instagram account that also appeared to belong to Pagourtzis was taken down as well, but screenshots posted by BuzzFeed News showed that the account followed multiple gun-enthusiast accounts, as well as President Donald Trump and his family members.

One student, Dustin Severin, told the local TV station KPRC that shortly before the shooting he saw Pagourtzis in the hallway wearing his usual trench coat, despite the heat.

Pagourtzis was frequently bullied by coaches and didn’t have many friends, Severin said.

Pagourtzis played on the high school’s junior-varsity football team and was a member of a dance squad with a local Greek Orthodox church, The Associated Press reported.

Abbott said Friday that the major complication in the investigation so far is that Pagourtzis displayed few red flags before his alleged rampage. The photo of the “Born to Kill” T-shirt is so far considered the only concrete warning sign that Pagourtzis would act out violently, Abbott said.

“One of the frustrating things in the early status of this case is unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there were not these types of warning signs,” he said, referring to previous deadly shootings in Florida and Texas. “We have what are often categorized as red-flag warnings. And here, the red-flag warnings were either non-existent or very imperceptible.”

Abbott added that Pagourtzis had no previous arrests, criminal history, or confrontations with law enforcement.

“His slate is pretty clean,” he said. “And so there simply were not the same type of warning signs as we’ve seen in other shootings.”

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