On Friday morning, a gunman entered Santa Fe High School and opened fire in an classroom, killing 10 and injuring 10 more. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old suspect and a student at the school, was taken into custody after the mass shooting. Now, law enforcement has confirmed which firearms were used during the massacre.
While some initial reports suggested that an assault rifle may have been used, authorities have stated that Pagourtzis was armed with his father’s shotgun and .38 revolver. According to a report by ABC 13, the firearms appear to be legally owned by Pagourtzis’ father.
Two school resource officers reportedly confronted the shooter “early on in the process,” according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
During the subsequent investigation, journals, a cell phone, and a computer were recovered. Information contained in those items indicate Pagourtzis not only intended to carry out the shooting but also commit suicide afterward.
Pagourtzis did not attempt to kill himself during the incident. Instead, he ended up surrendering to police.
He has been booked into Galveston County Jail. Pagourtzis is facing a charge of capital murder and is being held without bond.
Based on his age, even if convicted, Pagourtzis would not face the death penalty.
As part of the investigation, police also obtained search warrants for two homes. They discovered numerous explosive devices, including some in a house and vehicle as well as at Santa Fe High School.
Information on Pagourtzis’ social media page was also reviewed. In an image posted on Facebook on April 30, he can be seen with a t-shirt with the phrase “Born to Kill” printed on it.
Another photo, posted on the same day, includes a jacket with pins featuring various symbols, including an Iron Cross, Baphomet, Rising Sun, the Communist party, and Cthulhu.
Pagourtzis’ described himself as an atheist on social media and also stated, “I hate politics,” when discussing his political stance.