'A Lot' Of Gunfire Exchanged Between Texas Shooting Suspect & Police

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The statement said: "We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred" while offering prayers and condolences to the victims. He said about 50 students had been admitted as of Saturday afternoon and that others would be allowed in for about three more hours.

But Lauren Severin, a 17-year-old junior wearing a cross around her neck, told Burnett that after having a couple classes with him, her impression of the suspect was very different.

Sadie Rodriguez said Pagourtzis repeatedly made advances toward Fisher in the four months leading up to the shooting.

School Shooting in Santa Fe Texas
School Shooting in Santa Fe Texas

The governor said there is nothing at this time that would indicate there were missed warning signs, as in the case of Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church in November 2017, or Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school in February.

In addition to a shotgun and a handgun, Pagourtzis had several types homemade explosive devices but they were not capable of detonating, according to Galveston County judge Mark Henry.

A third woman, who is pregnant, was pushed to the ground in the chaos after the shooting and taken to hospital, WFAA reported.

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Investigators found a group of carbon dioxide canisters taped together. But the canisters had no detonation device, and the pressure cooker had no explosive material, Henry said.

"They were meant to look like IEDs, but they were totally non-functional", Henry said, referring to the improvised explosive devices common in the early years of the US -led war in Iraq.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Dimitrios Pagourtzis (puh-GOR'-cheez) told investigators that when he opened fire at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning, "he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told".

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The weapons used in the attack - a shotgun and a.38-caliber revolver - were not "legally possessed" by the suspect but appear to be legally owned by his father, who was not named by authorities. State law makes it illegal to give a gun to anyone under 18, except under the supervision of an adult for hunting or sport shooting. Authorities say he had no prior confrontations with law enforcement and has no past criminal history.

Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt will pay for the funerals of the 10 people killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School, the team confirmed on Saturday.

A judge denied Pagourtzis bond and took his application for a court-appointed attorney. He says he's driving from Colorado to Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston, to be with his family. It was also the deadliest assault in Texas since a man with a semi-automatic rifle attacked a rural church late past year, killing more than two dozen people.

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Some Santa Fe High School students indicated that Pagourtzis may have had one or more targets, though the details were not yet clear.