Texas Shooting Suspect Tells Authorities He Targeted Students He Didn’t Like

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested and charged after the murders of nine students and one substitute teacher on Friday at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Pagourtzis reportedly told authorities, after admitting to the shootings and placing explosive devices around the school, that he had intentionally targeted students he didn’t like.

According to USA Today, one officer wrote in an affidavit filed at the Galveston County Court that Pagourtzis had been clear about who he intended to shoot — and who he didn’t. “He did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.”

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According to several reports, Pagourtzis originally intended to commit suicide after the shooting but lost his nerve. A journal on his computer and a cell phone that contained his complete plans for the attack were recovered during the search that followed his arrest.