Gov. Abbott: Texas School Shooter Illegally Possessed Weapons

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The 17-year-old who allegedly opened fire on a Texas high school Friday was illegally in possession of his weapons.

The suspect has been identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at Santa Fe High School. Pagourtzis had posted multiple disturbing images on his Facebook page prior to the shooting, including a trench coat with USSR and Nazi medals on it. (RELATED: Suspect In Texas Shooting Posted Disturbing Images Of Guns, Knives, ‘Born To Kill’ Shirt Online) 

According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the shooter illegally possessed a .38 revolver and a shotgun.


“Neither of these weapons were owned or legally possessed by the shooter,” Abbott said. “It is my information that both of these weapons were obtained by the shooter from his father. It is my information at this time that the father legally owned these weapons. I have no information at this time whether or not the father was aware that his son had taken these weapons from the father.”

Nine students and one teacher were killed in the shooting. The suspect and a second person of interest are currently in police custody.

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