Texas shoot­ing sus­pect seems ‘weirdly non-emo­tional,’ lawyer says

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SANTA FE, Texas, (Reuters) - The 17-year-old stu­dent who au­thor­i­ties said killed 10 peo­ple when he opened fire in an art class in his Hous­ton-area high school ap­peared “weirdly nonemo­tional” on the morn­ing af­ter the ram­page, one of his lawyers said on Satur­day.

The teenager, iden­ti­fied by law en­force­ment as Dim­itrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with cap­i­tal mur­der and is be­ing held with­out bail in Santa Fe, Texas, where au­thor­i­ties said he opened fire shortly be­fore 8 a.m. on Fri­day.

In ad­di­tion to 10 fa­tal­i­ties, the shooter wounded at least 13 peo­ple, with two of them in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. One of those in crit­i­cal con­di­tion was one of the two school re­source of­fi­cers who en­gaged the shooter be­fore his sur­ren­der.

Ni­cholas Poehl, one of two lawyers hired by the sus­pect’s par­ents to rep­re­sent him, told Reuters he had spent a to­tal of one hour with Pagourtzis on Fri­day night and Satur­day morn­ing.

“He’s very emo­tional and weirdly nonemo­tional,” the at­tor­ney said when asked to describe his client’s state of mind. “There are as­pects of it he un­der­stands and there are as­pects he doesn’t un­der­stand.”

As the shoot­ing un­folded, Pagourtzis spared peo­ple he liked so he could have his side of the story told, a charg­ing doc­u­ment seen by Reuters showed, but there was no im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tion why he ap­par­ently tar­geted the art class.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors had seen a T-shirt on the sus­pect’s Face­book page that read “Born to Kill,” and au­thor­i­ties were ex­am­in­ing his jour­nal, Texas Gover­nor Greg Ab­bott told re­porters. But there were no out­ward signs he had been plan­ning an at­tack.

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