During the massacre at Santa Fe High School, the gunman allegedly sang lyrics from “Another One Bites the Dust,” the hit by Queen. He also reportedly played a Japanese military anthem from World War II during the rampage and repeatedly shouted “Woo-hoo!” as he tore through the school, attacking students and teachers.
Kole Dixon, a sophomore at the Texas high school, said that the gunman, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, intentionally terrorized his victims during the shooting, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
“My friend Trent was in the classroom and said after [Pagourtzis] would shoot a student he would sing, ‘Another one bites the dust,’” said Dixon.
“He also kept playing a kamikaze song over and over as loud as he could on his cellphone.”
Pagourtzis reportedly has the some featured on his now-deleted YouTube page. Additionally, he bragged on Facebook, saying he wore a “Rising Sun” insignia and claiming it represented “Kamikaze Tactics.”
Several other images on Pagourtzis’ social media accounts were also quite chilling, including a picture of a t-shirt featuring the words “Born to Kill” and another showing a jacket with a range of pins, including an Iron Cross and Cthulhu.
A picture on the gunman’s Instagram, which was posted in late April, showed a knife and a handgun.
Initial reports from the shooting stated that Pagourtzis yelled “Surprise!” when he began firing on the first-period art class.
Deedra Van Ness, the mother of Isabelle Laymnace, a girl who was in the classroom and survived the shooting, recounted her daughter’s ordeal on Facebook.
“Isabelle has called the police and is whispering into the phone. They tell her to stay quiet and that help is on the way,” she said.
“Then silence on the phone. They hear the gunman in the classroom next door yelling ‘Woo Hoo!’ and firing more shots.”
“The gunman then comes back into their room and they hear him saying, ‘Are you dead?’” she continued. “Then more shots are fired.”
“By this time, cell phones all over the classroom are ringing and he’s taunting the kids in the closet asking them, ‘Do you think it’s for you? Do you want to come answer it?’”
After being taken into custody, Pagourtzis reportedly confessed to the shooting and stated that he intentionally left students he like alive so he could “have his story told.”
In total, eight students were killed along with two teachers. An additional 10 others were wounded.