The shooter pushed it open, spotted a student he knew, and with anger said, “Surprise!” before shooting the student in the chest.
As more details emerged about the shooting that left 10 people dead and 13 injured at the Houston-area school, the student who authorities said confessed to the attack was being held in isolation Saturday as officials identified the victims.
After scrambling to escape the shooter’s blasts in the art room, Isabelle Van Ness, covered in dust from rounds hitting her classroom walls, could hear the gunman in a next-door classroom yelling, “Woo hoo!” while shooting, according to her mother, Deedra Van Ness.
Pagourtzis, a football player who had allegedly posted images of guns and a T-shirt with the words “Born to kill” on social media in the weeks before the shooting, is being held without bond while facing charges of capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.
“I know he’s picked on by coaches and other students. He didn’t really talk to anyone,” a student told the television station. “My friends from the football team told me that coaches said he smelled, like, right in front of his face. And other kids would look at him and laugh at him … nothing like physical but they still emotionally bullied him.”
“I never thought he would just snap and shoot up the school,” Severin added. “He didn’t seem like he was a hateful person.”
According to a probable-cause statement, Pagourtzis said that “He did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.” The judge questioned the teenager at his initial court appearance Friday.
“All we know is he was the first one in there, and he was shot in both arms.” Walter Braun, chief of the Santa Fe Independent School District Police Department, declined to answer questions about the police response to the shooting or whether the department had seen any warning signs from Pagourtzis before the massacre.