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Texas authorities: Student charged in Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 planned out attack in journals

May 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Texas authorities: Student charged in Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 planned out attack in journals

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Student charged in Santa Fe High School Shooting planned out the attack in journals

Texas authorities say the student charged with the Santa Fe High School shooting, detailed the elaborate plot in private journals, including a plan to take his own life, posting an image on Facebook of a “Born to Kill” shirt and used his father’s shotgun and pistol in the massacre that left 10 dead and 10 wounded.

A motive wasn’t immediately clear, but Gov. Greg Abbott said Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, wrote about planning the attack in journals on his computer and in his cellphone that police obtained, according to the Associated Press.

That was inconsistent with the portrait painted by his friends — a reserved young man, an athlete who had discussed wanting to own guns but didn’t talk of killing people.

It may have been what Pagourtzis hoped would happen, as according to an affidavit filed Friday when he was charged with capital murder, he told investigators that he didn’t shoot students he liked “so he could have his story told.”

“Not only did he want to commit the shooting but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting,” Abbott said, adding that Pagourtzis told authorities he “didn’t have the courage” to take his own life.

Pagourtzis was held without bond in the Galveston County jail on the capital murder charges, said the county sheriff, Henry Trochesset. Abbott said the two guns used in the attack were owned legally by his father. It was not clear whether the father knew his son had taken them.

The governor also said explosive devices including a Molotov cocktail had been found in the suspected shooter’s home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.

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