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Who Is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, The Suspected Shooter At The Deadly Attack At Santa Fe High School?

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, reportedly wore a shirt that said "Born to Kill" to school on Friday, where he allegedly murdered at least ten people.

By Gina Tron
Tragic Shooting in Texas High School

At least 10 people were killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas, on Friday morning, according to federal and county officials.

Most of the victims are believed to be students, and an additional 10 people were wounded.

Officials released the name of the suspected shooter in the attack Friday afternoon: 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He is now being held on capital murder without bond, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. Additional charges may follow. Here’s what we know about the suspect so far.

He may have worn a “Born to Kill” shirt to the shooting

Students reported seeing the suspect wearing a trench coat, army boots and a tee with the text 'Born to Kill,' written on it and army boots, according to KIAH in Houston. On April 30, Pagourtzis posted a photo to his now-deleted Facebook of a t-shirt with the words, “Born to Kill” written across it.

He was reserved

At least one student said that he was quiet and kept mostly to himself, according to KIAH in Houston.

He was a Marines wannabe

On his Facebook page, he wrote that he had future plans to join the Marines. It's unclear if he ever attempted to enroll.

He posted Nazi imagery on Facebook

He posted a photo of a coat with a black and white Iron Cross on it, a military decoration associated with the Nazi party, according to KHOU11 in Houston

He may have been referencing ‘Full Metal Jacket’
On his Facebook page, his profile pictures shows him wearing a hat with a peace sign on it. In the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film “Full Metal Jacket,” main character Private Joker wears a helmet that has both a peace sign pin on it and the words “Born To Kill.” The character said it is to represent the duality of mankind. Below is a screenshot of his Facebook page before it was removed.

He liked guns

He was following several weapons pages on social media, KHOU11 reported. On his now deleted Instagram, he posted photos of knives and guns.

Police are searching for explosives in his home.

Law enforcement agencies are searching a mobile home for explosives, located not far from the school, where Pagourtzis lived. Police confirmed finding explosives in and around the school. Explosives found include pipe bombs and pressure cookers, according to CBSDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Did he have help?

A person of interest, another student at Santa Fe High School, has also been detained. They have not been identified.

Reuters has contributed to this report.

[Photos: Galveston County Sheriff's Office, Facebook, Instagram]

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