Santa Fe Shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis Allegedly Targeted Girl Who Turned Down His Advances
Her mother said she'd been having problems with the gunman for months.
Harrowing details continue to emerge about what allegedly happened inside a Texas High School Friday when authorities say Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, opened fire, killing 10 people.
The first teen to be shot, Shana Fisher, allegedly had “4 months of problems” from Pagourtzis, Fisher’s mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told the Los Angeles Times.
“He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no,” Rodriguez said.
She claimed Pagourtzis continued to be aggressive toward her daughter until she finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class.
"A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn't like," Rodriguez said. "Shana being the first one."
After the shooting, Pagourtzis reportedly told police he spared the lives of people he liked because he wanted “his story told,” and those he killed were targeted.
Witnesses inside the school told the paper Pagourtzis taunted students during the shooting, yelling “surprise!” before shooting one student in the chest and screaming “woo hoo!” as he continued his rampage.
According to the mother of a student who was in the first-period art class where the shooting started, her daughter and six other children hid in a supply closet before the gunman fired inside, killing two kids inside instantly and injuring another.
He then allegedly entered the hallway where students heard more gunshots as well as a classroom next door.
Students also heard the gunman say, “Are you dead?” before firing more rounds.
Thirteen students were also injured in the shooting.
The family of the 17-year-old suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, said they are "as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred," according to a statement released to the media.
"We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy," the family statement said. "While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday's tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love."
Pagourtzis is facing charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.
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