Texas — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, witnesses said.
The gunman Dmitrios Pagourtzis fired again through the wooden part of the door, fatally hitting a student in the chest. Officials said, Pagourtzis then waited for about half an hour in a warren of four rooms, killing seven more students and two teachers, he then exchanged gunfire with police before surrending.
Abel San Miguel a freshman at the school saw his friend Chris Stone killed at the door. San Miguel was grazed on his left shoulder by another volley of shots. He said he survived withothers survived by playing dead.
“We were on the ground, all piled up in random positions,” he said.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, the county’s chief administrator, said he doesn’t think Friday’s attack was 30 minutes of non stop shooting, the judge added the assessment was consistent with other officials who said law enforcement contained the shooter quickly. However officials have not released a detailed timeline to explain how events unfolded.
Junior Breanna Quintanilla was in art class when she started to hear gunshots and she heard someone say, “If you all move, I’m going to shoot you all.”
The 17-year-old gunman walked in, pointed at one person and declared, “I’m going to kill you.” Then he fired.
Quintanilla said, “He then said that if the rest of us moved, he was going to shoot us.”
Quintanilla attempted to run out a back door, only to realise Pagourtzis was aiming at her. He fired in her direction.
She said, “He missed me,” she said. “But it went ahead and ricocheted and hit me in my right leg.” She had just been treated at a hospital, when speaking to the press she had a brown bandage wrapped around her wound.
“It was a very scary thing,” Quintanilla said. “I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to make it back to my family.”
The Pagourtzis’ family made their first statemen on Saturday and said the bloodshed “seems incompatible with the boy we love”.
The statement said, “We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events,” they added by offering their prayers and condolences to the victims.
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