Spurned advances provoked Texas shooting

Sunday - 20/05/2018 20:14
THE mother of one of the Santa Fe school shooting victims has revealed her daughter repeatedly turned down creepy advances from the alleged shooter.
Spurned advances provoked Texas shooting.Source:Supplied
Spurned advances provoked Texas shooting.Source:Supplied

A TEENAGED boy who shot and killed eight students and two teachers in Texas had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother has told the Los Angeles Times.

Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, told the newspaper her daughter rejected four months of aggressive advances from accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at the Santa Fe high school.

Fisher finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, the newspaper quoted her mother as writing in a private message to the Times.

“A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she said.

“Shana being the first one.” Rodriguez could not independently be reached for comment.

If true, it would be the second school shooting in recent months driven by such rejection.

Sixteen-year-old Shana Fisher rejected four months of aggressive advances from accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis before she was killed. Picture: Facebook
Sixteen-year-old Shana Fisher rejected four months of aggressive advances from accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis before she was killed. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

In March, a 17-year-old Maryland high school student used his father’s gun to shoot and seriously wound a female student with whom he had been in a recently ended relationship, police said.

As the investigation enters its third day on Sunday, no official motive has been announced for the massacre, the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a US public school in modern history.

Classmates at Santa Fe High School, with 1460 students, described the accused shooter as a quiet loner who played on the school’s football team.

He wore a black trench coat to school in the Texas heat on Friday and opened fire with a pistol and shotgun.

A woman wipes away tears during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Picture: AP
A woman wipes away tears during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Picture: APSource:AP

Multiple news accounts depicted him as taunting his victims as he fired, focusing mostly on the arts class room where Fisher was.

He has provided authorities little information about the shootings, his lawyer Nicholas Poehl said, adding: “Honestly because of his emotional state, I don’t have a lot on that.”

Texas’ governor, Jim Abbott, a Republican, told reporters Pagourtzis obtained firearms from his father, who had likely acquired them legally.

Tanya Diaz, Brock Sanchez and Lucy Martines of League City place flowers, a sign and balloons on a tree outside of Santa Fe High School. Picture: AP
Tanya Diaz, Brock Sanchez and Lucy Martines of League City place flowers, a sign and balloons on a tree outside of Santa Fe High School. Picture: APSource:AP

Mr Abbott also said Pagourtzis wanted to commit suicide, citing the suspect’s journals, but did not have the courage to do so.

Pagourtzis’ family said in a statement they were “saddened and dismayed” by the shooting and “as shocked as anyone else” by the events. They said they are co- operating with authorities.

This is 17-year-old high school junior Dimitrios Pagourtzis who has been charged with capital murder following the shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 dead. Picture: Galveston County Sheriff's/MEGA
This is 17-year-old high school junior Dimitrios Pagourtzis who has been charged with capital murder following the shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 dead. Picture: Galveston County Sheriff's/MEGASource:Mega

All schools in Santa Fe will be closed Monday and Tuesday, officials said.

Pagourtzis, who police said has confessed to the shooting, was being held without bond Sunday at a jail in Galveston.

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