Texas school shoot­ing: I’m go­ing to kill you, he said be­fore open­ing fire

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The sus­pect in the Texas school shoot­ing be­gan his at­tack by fir­ing a shot­gun through an art class­room door, shat­ter­ing a glass pane and send­ing pan­icked stu­dents to the en­try­way to block him from get­ting in­side, wit­nesses said. Dmitrios Pagourtzis fired again through the wooden part of the door and fa­tally hit a stu­dent in the chest. He then lin­gered for about 30 min­utes in a war­ren of four rooms, killing seven more stu­dents and two teach­ers be­fore ex­chang­ing gun­fire with po­lice and sur­ren­der­ing, of­fi­cials said. Fresh­man Abel San Miguel saw his friend Chris Stone killed at the door. San Miguel was grazed on the left shoul­der by an­other vol­ley of shots. He and oth­ers sur­vived by play­ing dead. “We were on the ground, all piled up in ran­dom po­si­tions,” he said. Galve­ston County Judge Mark Henry, the county’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tor, said he did not think Fri­day’s at­tack was 30 min­utes of con­stant shoot­ing, and that as­sess­ment was con­sis­tent with other of­fi­cials who said law en­force­ment con­tained the shooter quickly. But au­thor­i­ties did not re­lease a de­tailed time­line to ex­plain pre­cisely how events un­folded.Ju­nior Bre­anna Quin­tanilla was in art class when she heard the shots and some­one say, “If you all move, I’m go­ing to shoot you all.” The 17-year-old Pagourtzis walked in, pointed at one per­son and de­clared, “I’m go­ing to kill you.” Then he fired. “He then said that if the rest of us moved, he was go­ing to shoot us,” Quin­tanilla said. When Quin­tanilla tried to run out a back door, she re­al­ized Pagourtzis was aim­ing at her. He fired in her di­rec­tion. “He missed me,” she said. “But it went ahead and ric­o­cheted and hit me in my right leg.” She was treated at a hospi­tal and spoke with a brown ban­dage wrapped around her wound. “It was a very scary thing,” Quin­tanilla said. “I was wor­ried that I wasn’t go­ing to be able to make it back to my fam­ily.” In their first state­ment since the mas­sacre, Pagourtzis’ fam­ily said Satur­day that the blood­shed “seems in­com­pat­i­ble with the boy we love.” “We are as shocked and con­fused as any­one else by these events,” said the state­ment, which of­fered prayers and con­do­lences to the vic­tims. Rel­a­tives said they re­mained “mostly in the dark about the specifics” of the at­tack and shared “the pub­lic’s hunger for an­swers.” Pagourtzis’ at­tor­ney, Ni­cholas Poehl, said he was in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the sus­pect en­dured any “teacher-on-stu­dent” bul­ly­ing after read­ing re­ports of his client be­ing mis­treated by foot­ball coaches. In an on­line state­ment, the school dis­trict said it in­ves­ti­gated the ac­cu­sa­tions and “con­firmed that these re­ports were un­true.” Poehl said that there was no his­tory of men­tal health is­sues with his client, though there may be “some in­di­ca­tions of fam­ily his­tory.” He said it was too early to elab­o­rate.

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