Allegedly, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people at Santa Fe High School in Texas. He spared the people he liked, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The suspect is reportedly cooperating with the police, according to Galveston County Magistrate Mark Henry. Pagourtzis told investigators he acted alone and did not shoot the people he liked because he wanted his story to be told.
He is being held without bail and is being charged with capital murder of multiple people and aggravated assault against a public servant. According to law enforcement, nine students and one teacher were killed, and more than 10 people were injured.
Pagourtizis yelled, “Surprise,” before opening fire in an art room at the school. The shooter is known for having an “interest in the far-right political culture of fashwave.” Fashwave is an underground movement that is believed to be an offshoot of a harmless vaporwave movement.
“Vaporwave is a subculture of electronic dance music that satirizes consumer culture.” Both have a strong following on websites like 4Chan and Reddit.
The “fash” part is short for fascist. In general, artists of the genre incorporate fascist and Nazi symbols into their artwork and music. In January 2018, a Vice article referred to fashwave as “The first fascist music that is enough on the ears to have mainstream appeal.”
On May 18, at 7 a.m. ET, the school posted on Facebook that it was being placed on lock down due to an active shooter event.
At 10 a.m. officials reported that the scene was no longer active. Galveston County Commissioner Joe Giusti said there were multiple fatalities. According to CNN, an 18-year-old was also detained at the scene as a person of interest in the shooting.
28 Things Readers Need to Know About Pagourtzis and the Shooting:
- He posted a picture on Facebook of a “Born to Kill” T-shirt and a jacket with Nazi symbols. The post was created April 30. According to CW39, witnesses saw the shooting suspect wearing a “Born to Kill” T-shirt and army boots. They also stated the suspect was quiet and kept to himself.
- Pagourtzis is in the 11th grade at Santa Fe High School, according to his deleted Facebook page.
- Another post was a picture of a duster with Nazi symbols explained.
a. Hammer and Sickle = Rebellion
b. Rising Sun = Kamikaze Tactics
c. Iron Cross = Bravery
d. Baphoment = Evil
e. Cthulhu = Power
- According to students, Pagourtzis wore a trench coat to school every day, even when it was hot.
Dustin Severin, 17, stated he saw Pagourtzis in the hall before the shooting. He was wearing his “usual outfit.” The alleged shooter told KPRC-TV, “He wears a trench coat every day, and it’s like 90 degrees out here.”
- In October 2016, Pagourtzis was credited with playing a “huge role” in the 14-0 victory for the Santa Fe junior varsity football team. A teammate told The Daily Beast, “I played football with him for three years. People on the news said he was bullied a lot. I never seen him being bullied. I never bullied him. He was cool to me. I lifted with him a couple of times.”
- In 2013, the Galveston County Daily News listed him as an honor student at Santa Fe Junior High School.
- According to Severin, Pagourtzis was picked on by coaches for poor hygiene. He was quiet and did not talk to many people, just kept to himself. “I know he was quiet and everything but any conversations we had in the locker room or in the field or after games, he never struck me as that person. He was a really cool guy.”
- An Instagram page that appeared to belong to Pagourtzis, but has since been deleted, had only three images posted. One picture was a handgun and a knife, another was a shooting arcade computer game. The last picture was of a frog. In the bio section of Instagram Pagourtzis simply wrote, “Numb.”
- The Instagram account only followed a few pages. All of them were connected to guns or President Donald Trump.
- In November 2014, Pagourtzis was a dancer at the Galveston Greek Festival. According to a post on the group’s Facebook page, he dances with family members. His photograph on the website showed him as a dancer for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which is a Greek Orthodox Church in Galveston, Texas.
- According to Pagourtzis’ father’s Facebook page, he “likes” Dana Loesch, who is a conservative political activist and spokesman for the NRA. After the Parkland school shooting in February, Loesch defended the NRA’s stance on assault rifles publicly.
- The alleged shooter’s parents are Antonios Pagourtzis and Rose Marie Kosmetatos. According to online records, they were married in March 2000, in Texas. When they were married, Antonios was 45 and Kosmetatos was 30. Antonios is originally from Magoulitsa in Kardhitsa, Greece and owns North American Marine. He currently lives in Houston, Texas.
- Kosmetatos is an administrative associate in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, according to a government salary database. She lives in a trailer on State Highway 6, which is three miles from the school in Alvin, Texas. Police were at her home, according to KPRC-TV, because there was a bomb at the house. Police were also searching another home, four miles from the school.The family has not given a statement concerning the shooting.
- The woman who answered the phone at a number associated with the family asked the press to give them some time.It is unclear how Pagourtzis obtained the guns he used in the shooting. CNN reported that the suspect is not listed in the database for purchasing firearms. The guns were legally obtained by the suspect’s father, according to Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott.
- The first reports of the shooting indicated Pagourtzis was armed with sawed-off shotgun, a .38 revolver, and pipe bombs.
- The shooter was carrying a duffle bag and wearing a trench coat, according to witnesses.
- Shortly after Pagourtzis was arrested, police had a home on Highway 6 surrounded. Authorities believed there were explosives inside. The home was a mile from Santa Fe High School. Jake Reiner, from KPRC, was on the scene. He said he was told by law enforcement “there’s a bomb.” It was believed to be inside a mobile home.Sophomore Dakota Shrader told CW39: “I’m still scared. My heart is broken for all these people. It’s just something that I did not want to go through, especially on a Friday. As soon as I hear that alarm, it didn’t sound like the fire alarm, so I was scared wondering what that alarm was as soon as we got outside, ‘run, run, run’ is all I heard.
- One middle-aged-man was brought to the University of Texas Medical Branch. The man underwent surgery and was in critical condition, from a gunshot wound to the chest. According to Michelle Coi, from KHOU, the middle-aged man was a police officer. He has been identified as school resource officer John Barnes. He was shot in the upper arm and chest area. He is still in critical condition.
- A middle-aged woman and someone under 18, were both shot in the leg. They are in stable condition.
- Erica Simon, from ABC Houston, reported that it was a teacher, and former Marine, that sounded the alarm to warn the school there was an active shooter.
- In March 2018, the school was placed on lock down due to shots fired at the school. Freshman Gary Winthorpe said they were in class when they heard the lock down announcement. It was not a drill. He said that after what happened in Parkland, Florida, it made it all very real.
- Lila Ismail said, “I was really scared thinking about what happened in Florida because we were just sitting there, and we didn’t know what was going to happen to us.”
- The panic came after a student wrote something on social media about a shooting. Then, someone else reported hearing gun shots outside the school.
- There is currently no indication that the May 18, shooting was related to those threats.
- President Trump tweeted his initial reaction to the school shooting: “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!!” Later, during a press conference, he said, “To the students, families, teachers, and personnel at Santa Fe high, we’re with you in this tragic hour and we’re with you forever.”
- Students of the high school supported the Parkland, Florida students by holding a walkout on April 20 as part of a national movement against gun violence. Kara Parrow, a survivor of the shooting in Parkland tweeted: “Today is my last day of school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high and I find out there’s been a shooting in Texas at Santa Fe high school. My heart aches for them.”
- The March for Our Lives groups also tweeted: “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Santa Fe High School and send our love and support to the families affected as well as the entire community. Through this is the 22nd shooting this year, we urge those reading this not to sweep it under rug and forget. This is not the price of our freedom. This is the most fetal shooting since the one at our school and tragedies like this will continue to happen unless action is taken. Santa Fe, we are with you, and we will do whatever we can do support you as the days go on.”
- Activist Emma Gonzalez tweeted: “Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out, we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.”
We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever… pic.twitter.com/LtJ0D29Hsv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
By Jeanette Smith
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