Gov. Abbott: ‘No Warning Signs’ Before Santa Fe Shooting

Julia Nista General Assignment Reporter
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said there were no warning signs for a high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas Friday.


The suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, killed at least 10 and wounded at least 10 others during the shooting. He illegally possessed and used .38 revolver and a shotgun during the shooting. Other homemade explosives were found on the scene and nearby in his home and car.

“One of the frustrating things in the early status of this case, unlike parkland and Sutherland Springs, there were not those type of warning signs,” Abbott said. “Here, the red flag warnings were either nonexistent or imperceptible.”

Abbott also stated the suspect had on his “Facebook page a t-shirt that says ‘Born to kill,'” but “as far as investigations by law enforcement agencies, as far as arrests or confrontation with law enforcement, as far as having a criminal history, he has none.”

Abbott stated that this was unlike previous shootings, saying the suspect’s “slate is pretty clean.”

The Texas governor said earlier in the press conference that Pagourtzis had a journal in which he wrote he had the intention to commit suicide, but that when he was caught during the shooting, he did not have the courage to kill himself.

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