Dimitrios Pagourtzis: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Dimitrios Pagourtzis Facebook page

Facebook/Dimitrios Pagourtzis

Dimitrios Pagourtzis is the teenage shooting suspect who witnesses say shouted “surprise” before opening fire on students and teachers in an art room at Santa Fe High School in Texas, killing several students and a teacher and injuring others. In the initial aftermath, KHOU reported that eight people were killed. That number eventually rose to 10, with officials saying that nine students and one adult had been killed. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott also said that 10 other people were wounded at the school. The suspect is being held at Galveston County Jail on charges of capital murder, making him eligible for the death penalty. There is no bond set. A criminal affidavit in the case reads that Pagourtzsis “did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.”

The school is located 36 miles outside of Houston and has around 1,400 students enrolled. The majority of the fatalities are students. The suspect was first named by CBS News as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17. Pagourtzis is a student at the school and has been shown to have an interest in the far-right political culture of fashwave. He has been taken into custody and is alive, but was injured, CNN reports. He is talking to police, according to CNN.

The Santa Fe Independent School District posted on Facebook at around 8 a.m. local time on May 18 that Santa Fe High School was being placed on lockdown due to an active shooter event. At around 10 a.m., officials said that the scene was no longer active with Galveston County Commissioner Joe Giusti saying there were “multiple fatalities.” A second person was detained at the scene in relation to the shooting. According to CNN, an 18-year-old, who police had called a “person of interest,” is being investigated as a possible accomplice. His or her name has not been released.

Here’s what you need to know about Dimitrios Pagourtzis and the shooting:


1. Pagourtzis Posted a Photo of a T-Shirt With the Words ‘Born to Kill’ Emblazoned Across It & a Jacket With Nazi Symbols on It

Dimitrios Pagourtzis Facebook page

This photo was posted to Pagourtzis’ Facebook page on April 30.

On April 30, Pagourtzis posted a photo to Facebook of a t-shirt with the words, “Born to Kill” written across it. CW39 reports that witnesses saw the Santa Fe High School suspect wearing a “Born to Kill” t-shirt and “army boots.” Those witnesses added that the suspect is “quiet” and “kept to himself.”

According to his now-deleted Facebook page, Pagourtzis is in the 11th grade at Santa Fe High School.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis Facebook photos

Facebook/Dimitrios Pagourtzis

Another photo posted by Pagourtzis shows a duster jacket with icons that include Nazi symbols. He described the different medals attached to the duster, including the Iron Cross, which he says stands for “bravery.” Classmates told NBC News that Pagourtzis wore a trenchcoat to school everyday, even if it was hot.

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A photo of a jacket posted to Facebook by the suspect.

Dustin Severin, 17, told KPRC-TV he saw Pagourtzis in the hallway before the shooting wearing his “usual outfit.” Pagourtzis told the news station, “He wears a trench coat every day, and it’s like 90 degrees out here.”

In October 2016, Pagourtzis was noted as playing “a huge role” in a 14-0 victory for the Santa Fe JV football team. While in 2013, the Galveston County Daily News listed Pagourtzis as an honor student at Santa Fe Junior High School. Speaking to the Daily Beast, a teammate of Pagourtzis’, Rey Montemayor III, said, “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.”

Dimitrious Pagourtzis Facebook photos

Severin told KPRC, “He’s been picked on by coaches before, for smelling bad and stuff like that. And he doesn’t really talk to very many people either. He keeps to himself.” Montemayor III continued, “He was quiet. He did keep to himself. That’s pretty much it. 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 added that the suspect “was a really cool guy.”


2. An Instagram Page that Appears to Belong to Pagourtzis Featured a Post Showing a Gun

Dimitrios Pagourtzis Instagram page photos pictures

Instagram/Dimitrios Pagourtzis

A now-deleted Instagram page that also appears to belong to Pagourtzis shows just three photos. One shows a handgun and a knife while another shows a shooting arcade computer game. Pagourtzis wrote in the bio section, “Numb.” His Instagram account also included a photo of a frog.

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The Instagram profile for Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

The Instagram account followed only a few pages and all were connected to guns or President Donald Trump.

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The Instagram profiles followed by Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

In November 2014, Pagourtzis’ was a dancer at the Galveston Greek Festival with family members, according to a post on the group’s Facebook page. As a dancer, Pagourtzis’ photo was also shown on the website for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a Greek Orthodox Church in Galveston, Texas.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis mugshot

Galveston County Jail


3. Pagourtzis’ Father Is a Fan of the NRA’s Dana Loesch

Antonios Pagourtzis Facebook page

Facebook/Antonios Pagourtzis

Pagourtzis’ parents are Antonios Pagourtzis and Rose Marie Kosmetatos. Online records show that they were married in Texas in March 2000. At the time of their marriage, Pagourtzis’ father was 45, his mother was 30. Pagourtzis’ father, who is originally from Greece owns North American Marine. Antonios Pagourtzis says he is from the town of Magoulitsa in Kardhitsa, Greece, and now lives in Houston, Texas. The suspect’s mother works as an administrative associate in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, according to a government salary database maintained by the Texas Tribune.

According to his Facebook page, Antonios Pagourtzis “likes” Dana Loesch, the conservative political activist and spokesperson for the National Rifle Association. In the wake of the Parkland school shooting in February 2018, Loesch publicly defended the NRA’s stance on assault rifles.

According to KPRC-TV, police were at a home on State Highway 6, about three miles from the school in Alvin, Texas, where records show Pagourtzis’ mother lives in a trailer. A deputy at the scene told the news station “there’s a bomb” at the house and a bomb squad was there. Police were also searching a second home about four miles away from the school.

Pagourtzis’ family has not commented about the shooting. A woman who answered the phone at a number associated with the suspect’s family told The Associated Press, “Give us our time right now, thank you.” It is not yet clear how Pagourtzis obtained the gun or guns used in the shooting. According to CNN, the suspect has not been found in the system for purchasing hand guns. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott said that the guns used in the shooting were purchased legally by the suspect’s father.


4. Pagourtzis Is Reported to Have Also Been Armed With Pipe Bombs

Initial reports indicated that the suspect was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, a .38 revolver and was carrying pipe bombs. The gunman had a duffel bag with him and was wearing a trench coat, witnesses have said. ABC Houston reported shortly after Pagourtzis’ arrest that police surrounded a home along Highway 6 in the area with authorities saying it was possible that there were explosives inside. That scene was around a mile away from Santa Fe High School. KPRC’s Jake Reiner was at the scene and said that a law enforcement told him, “There’s a bomb,” in the mobile home.

The shooting began during an art class. Speaking to CW39, sophomore Dakota Shrader described the scene saying, “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 heard that alarm, it didin’t sound like the fire alarm so I was scared wondering what that alarm was and as soon as we got outside, ‘run, run, run’ is all I heard.”

According to the University of Texas Medical Branch, one middle aged man was brought to their hospital. The man is in critical condition after undergoing surgery. He was shot in the chest. KHOU’s Michelle Choi reports that the man is a police officer, identified as school resource officer John Barnes, who was shot in the “upper arm” area.

Two others, a middle aged woman, and a person younger than 18, were both shot in the leg and are in stable condition.

ABC Houston’s Erica Simon reports that a teacher at the school is also a former Marine sounded a fire alarm to warn the school of an active shooter.

In March 2018, Santa Fe High School was put on lockdown after reports of shots fired at the school, reports CW39. Freshman Gary Winthorpe told the station, “We were sitting in class and we heard an announcement that said lockdown. This is not a drill. It was scary and with what happened in Florida it made this so much more real.” Another, 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 resulted after a female student wrote something on social media about a shooting and then someone reported hearing gun shots outside of the school. There has been no suggestion that the May 18 shooting is related to those threats.


5. Donald Trump Tweeted that Reports Were ‘Not Looking Good’ in Relation to the Shooting

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Donald Trump’s first reaction to news of the shooting was to tweet, “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!” Trump later said during a press conference, “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 at Santa Fe High School held a walkout on April 20 as part of a national movement against gun violence:

While one of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Kyra Parrow, tweeted poignantly, “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 group also tweeted about the Santa Fe shooting:

Activist Emma Gonzalez wrote on Twitter, “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.”

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this report linked to a YouTube channel believed to belong to the shooter based on information from the shooter’s Facebook page. The channel, Comma Kazi, does not belong to the shooter and is not affiliated with him in anyway.

480 Comments

480 Comments

Anonymous

This was a useless, slanted article. I thought I was going to “learn” something. Cher Nobyl’s comment is better than the article. This article also references CNN. The equivlent of FOX. Nope.

Cher Nobyl

There’s going to have to be a big movement to effect unstable-people “control”. Long-story-short it’s actually unconstitutional/illegal to even advocate for so-called “gun control”. Our nation is distinct from all others in stating that armed people are citizens while those who have been disarmed are only mere subjects. There are dozens of developed nations where you can go if you want to be a subject. The ancestors of most of the people living here came here because they didn’t want to be subjects but wanted to be citizens. They were well-aware of our nation’s so-called “love-affair with the gun” and many other violent rough-and-tumble aspects of this nation but they took the risks anyway and came here—and in most cases it wasn’t to get on the welfare rolls.

This is our nature. People did *not* come here to enjoy the right of every mentally disturbed person to roam wild and free. That was never the model in any society. Now you’re stabilized on some drug and released under the provision that you will “take your meds”. This is cheaper. We don’t want to pay the $ price for a safe/sane society so we’ve created an insane society where lovers of thugs advocate the killing of cops who, as far as they know, never did a bad deed to anyone. And it’s that sort of insanity that got a lot of attention at the nominating convention of the last Presidential candidate who actually got the most votes…

It’s easy/cheap to say “let’s get rid of our cherished national culture large numbers of people sacrificed lives and limbs to gain safety”. The trouble there is you get what you paid for—essentially nothing. It’s totally illegal to be in possession of opioids for which you have no scrip. Anyone noticed this legal prohibition putting a big dent in the so-called opioids o.d. epidemic? The nation tried an alcoholic beverages prohibition. Not only did it not stop men from beating on their wives and kids as advertised but it also energized and empowered organized crime to the point it was taking over the government. In fact there are still echoes of that take-over reverberating into modern times. Do you think the murderer of Mary Jo Kopechne, Cancer-head Ted Kennedy, would ever have been in politics if his family hadn’t gotten filthy-rich off the provision of contraband alcoholic beverages during Prohibition? Do you *really* think anything that family has done in relation to our system of self-governance has been positive? The best one of ’em almost got us all blown up with a nuclear war. It was “that close”. The only good thing he even tried to do ( take away the power of the “federal” reserve banking system ) is what got him mossassinated. Did he really think they were going to let that go unanswered? However likeable/charismatic he may have been to the public he had to have been a idiot. So the prohibition of a substance as the substitute for “bad people”-control that was needed landed us years later with an idiot in the White House who almost got us all CCCP-nuked and got himself mossassinated.

That’s what cheap/ineffective measures to seek social progress will get you.

You get what you pay for. Do you like all the barely-worthy-of-a-warranty-of-merchantability crap dumped on our markets from the PRC? Well advocating for the cheap/easy non-solution of jettisoning our cherished national culture in the name of a forlorn hope of securing safety from those in our midst who don’t belong there is literally made-in-PRC public policy. Why change our nation to one indistinguishable from theirs when it would be s o much simpler just to do what your ancestors did and emigrate to where they already live by the rules you seek to institute here? Boats and planes are leaving every day.

You don’t *need* to reinvent the hamster-wheel, They already have one for you to run on in the PRC, britain, france, Demjanjukdefamany and so-forth.

Cher Nobyl

No Anonymous. The 2nd Amendment cannot be ( legally at any-rate ) changed.

That’s because it’s very language precludes even talking about effecting that particular change. Talking about repeal of the 2nd Amendment is prohibited. That’s infringement which means the same as trespass.
The violation of trespassing prohibitions doesn’t require the property-owner to prove a loss of use or enjoyment of the property. The mere presence of the unauthorized visitor puts them in the position to effect such a loss. Talking about so-called “reasonable gun control” positions those doing the talking to effect the loss of the right enumerated and “posted” No Trespassing ( shall not be infringed ). That is the intent. Those swearing out a complaint of trspassing don’t even need to prove the trespasser intends to effect a loss by the owner but in this case it’s obvious and also frequently-stated.

A right is the same thing as intellectual property. In the case of a patent one must prove they’re the first to invent the property. In the case of the intellectual properties enumerated in the Bill of Rights this is intellectual property which is an essential element of and defines a free citizen. It’s a birthright.

If you can’t legally argue for it’s being repealed then you cannot repeal it.

You could repeal the 1st Amendment because only the Congress is prohibited and they’re not prohibited from mere trespass but rather from actual abridgement or taking-away of the right of free expression. They can, therefore, talk about repeal of the 1st Amendment.

The 2nd Amendment makes no specification about who is forbidden from infringing it. Therefore it’s protection against even the mere trespass against that innate right is far broader than, say, that for the 1st Amendment. You are just as forbidden from advocating it’s repeal as a Congressman.

And I can assure you that particular wording and construction was intentionally used to prevent just what your addle-pated brain has been misled to believe.

Had the 18th Amendment been worded:

The right of the people to be free from the evils of beer wine and liquor shall not be infringed, so one year after ratification of this article it wll be illegal to make, transport or sell beer, wine and Liquor ( &c )

It couldn’t have been later repealed. Because it would have been illegal even to speak or write speech that would have the possibility of resulting in the legalization of producing, distributing and consuming alcoholic beverages.

But they didn’t write it that way so we’re not all on the payroll of “the mob” now.

You’re confused. You believe that just because some rights can be assailed all right may be. Perhaps that’s true in the rest of the world where virtually everyone who is here came from—or where their ancestors came from ( to get here where it’s like it is instead of staying there where all rights are subject to repeal )—that the same thing pertains here. You’ve been duped by agena-monger media moguls who wish to make the United States over in the image of all the lesser nations. To do so would simplify their global systems for the acquistion of more and more wealth and the power over others it enables.

The founders of this nation drew a line in the sand which is not legal to cross. It’s greatest value is in being a bellweather by which any fool can tell when there’s a campaign to circumvent the continued ability of those fortunate-enough to have been born in the United States to continue being citizens instead of mere subjects ( as they are in the rest of the nations of the earth ). The 2nd Amendment has many values but it’s most-important is to serve as a litmus-test for those claiming to have good intentions who wish to effect “reform” but whose true goals are to simply make things easier on those who would concentrate more and more wealth–and the power it buys—into the hands of fewer and fewer people to the detriment of most.

Right now virtually anyone who has the reddish can purchase through-the-mails and have delivered by “common carrier” a 900,000lb flying bomb known as a jet airliner. This potential murder-weapon has been proved to be capable of directly murdering ~3,000 innocent victims in two “shots” and to effect a derivative death toll through the institution of a massive program of government surveillance and a seris of martial foreign-adventures whose body-count would be difficult to ascertain. I’ll guarantee you it far exceeds the grand-total of all spree-killings in all the various public venues which have been rendered free-fire shooting galleries by the extent to which the 2nd Amendment individual liberty has already been abridged through the un-wise toleration of profligate infringment already done. Procurement and possession of a 900,000lb flying bomb is only an implied right.

Meanwhile an *explicit* innate human right enumerated in our Bill of Rights which is not even ( legally ) allowed to be merely *infringed* has been so severely abridged that in order to merely obtain a martial small-arm through the mails one must resort to a federally licensed dealer authorized to charge you an extra fee and who has been force-deputized to perform a background check on the purchaser—many of which have given spurious refusals which have deprived perfectly-well-qualified intellectual-property-rights holders from quietly enjoying their intellectual property right to procure and possess a martial small-arm.

That restriction was railroaded through after the media over-sensationalized several shooting incidents. Incidents which would not have even put a “hitch” in the “get-along”of those who commited those sensationalized murders anyway.

Let’s say that a lot of so-called “bigots” had been afraid the cuban border-busters sent over here by Fidel Castro from Mariel Harbor in a flotilla of rickety boats had feared the border-busters might make Kahane-bombs and go around throwing them at valuable real property and causing millions of dollars worth of casualty losses to attack our national economy. Let’s say they’d passed severe restrictions on the purchase of gasoline so that nobody who wasn’t the registered owner of a motor-vehicle and not licensed to drive it and not actually wth the vehicle before being allowed only to purchase gasoline in the process of using a gas pump only to pump it into the filler-cap of said motor-vehicle.

Do you think for one-second that “Marielito” Julio Gonzalez would have been prevented from dousing a dance-club in the Bronx borough of NYC full of ( mostly ) young hispanic couples celebrating Carnival, locking the fire-escapse shut with swingset chain and padlocks and incinerating 87 people? That was the largest number of murder indictments ever issued in U.S. history prior to the Murran Building bombing in Oklahoma City Oklahoma—which also was accomplished without resort to one AR-15 or one high-velocity boat-tail projetile. Julio Gonzalez murdered more people in 1990 in the Bronx using 0 firearms using a weapon which can still be purchased on almost any streetcorner by minor children pushing a lawnmower and equipped with a legal fuel receptacle than were killed by the dread AR-15 so hated by the agenda-monger media moguls behind the full-court-press currently exploiting the tragic death of schoolchildren to the detriment of our never-2B-trifled-with 2nd Amendment intellectual property right.

More were slain in Toronto with a van that can be rented by anyone with a valid active credit card with no background checks or waiting periods than were killed by the bare-assed AR-15-toting assailant of the customers and those on the street outside the Waffle House restaurant in Antioch Tennessee. The AR got 4, the Ryder Rent-a-van got 9. A brave intended victim in Antioch was able to interdict the AR-wielding glory-roader in an unarmed attack on the assailant exploiting the fact that even “high capacity magazine-fed” martial small-arms need to be reloaded when they run out of shells. The only thing that could have allowed one of the intended victims of the van-ramming in Toronto to have interdicted their assailant would have been to have been in the possession of a firearm on the order of a .357 magnum ( or greater ) full of fmj ammunition. But nobody had one of those so the Toronto vanman was able to slaughter 9 while the bare-ass AR-15-wielder only got 4.

You might want to do a modicm of basic research on both the facts surrounding the subject on which you wish to post as well as the advisability of the actions you wish to effect through posting before you continue.

Eric Rudolph committed his dastardly deed with a pressure-cooker and some loose hardware as the main essential ingredients in his weapon. Do you think that putting controls on legitimate purchasers of pressure cookers and loose hardware would have stopped him?

Even worse; he almost got some totally-innocent maintenance worker blamed for his crime because of the inefficiency of the same sorts of petty blue-collar bureaucraps you want to be in-charge of whether I get to enjoy my innate birthright as described in the 2nd Amendment. And then even after-the-fact when they knew who really did it the only reason he was ever caught is because he finally got tired of being on-the-run.

“Those willing to trade liberty for security will gain and deserve neither”. Benjamin Frankln wrote that. He wasn’t talking about individual liberties in the sense most of us understand it but it stands on it’s own and he meant for it to be taken the way it is now in service of effecting an end many who were excited by his rhetoric might not really have supported. It’s like math. The relationships between the numerical values exist independent of the motives of the mathematicians who state them for a variety of motives.