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Santa Fe Shooting: Here is what I know so far

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by Scott Creighton

Here are some details about the mass casualty event that took place yesterday morning. I will continue to gather more info before doing a full report on the event. Keep in mind, the #1 trending story in the media prior to yesterday morning was Gaza and Israel’s responsibility for the murder of 60 unarmed protesters this past Monday.

So far there are ten people reported dead as a result of this event. 9 students and one substitute teacher. A police officer was wounded along with about 8 other students.

It is still unclear how the events unfolded and how the suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was taken alive after killing so many kids and wounding an officer.

Just like in Parkland, the school fire alarm went off and a few minutes later, shots were heard by students both outside and those still inside on their way out.

“Angelica Martinez, a 14-year-old student, told CNN she and her schoolmates were being evacuated at one point “like it’s a fire drill.”

We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” she said. “And then everybody starts running, but, like, the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we’re all just running away.”..

I was in the history hallway, and as soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as … (a) practice fire drill,” Shrader said, breaking into tears. “And next thing you know, we just hear … three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.” CNN

Apparently the suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, made a couple fake bombs and then “tried to use them”, according to Judge Mark Henry:

“Abbott told reporters the alleged shooter used a shotgun and a revolver that were legally owned by his father.

The shooter was hiding a shotgun underneath such a coat on Friday morning when he walked onto the campus, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said at news conference Friday afternoon.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry told reporters Pagourtzis attempted to use explosive devices but none were functional.

Henry said “there were CO2 (carbon dioxide) cannisters wrapped up with duct tape, but no way to detonate, and a pressure cooker with an alarm clock, and some nails but no explosive device, so you’ve got to treat them like they are potentially lethal and go from there.” KITV

Who makes fake explosives and then attempts to use them AS IF they were real? What kind of sense does that make? He supposedly used REAL guns, one of which being a shotgun. But he also was packing fake bombs? For what purpose? And then he tried to “use” them? How does one “use” a fake bomb?

The New York Times said it was “unclear” if the fake bombs went off. But he did bring them with him.

“Police said the gunman brought several of these devices into the school. It was unclear whether any went off.” New York Times

There are serious questions about the suspect’s competency to stand trial (and oh yeah, supposedly he “waived” his right to remain silent after his “capture”):

“”He was kind of a quiet kid,” Gomez said. “Every time you’d try to start a conversation with him he’d just kind of like laugh, wouldn’t really continue on with the conversation. … He didn’t like interacting with other students.”…

Poehl said his client was in solitary confinement, but that was normal for authorities to keep him there. He added that the attorneys would look at the issue of competency but, “We’ve got a lot of work to do before we can even speak intelligently about that.” KITV

There is a victim, Rome Shubert, who claims he was shot in the head, a “thru and thru” gunshot wound, but by 2pm yesterday, he was fine and out of the hospital and Tweeting his happiness that God had spared his life.

I’m so greatful (sic) and blessed that god spared me life today. Today I was shot in the back of the head but i am completely okay and stable,” the tweet read.

His mother, Sheri Shubert, used her interview time with CNN to make this statement “We have to do something. We have to take a stand. America has to take a stand for our kids.

Here is a couple screenshot from the interview he gave ABC13 local news, which was picked up by CNN (of course). Notice the fine work done by the emergency room staff in the hospital he says he went to.

That’s the “entrance wound” according to this report. And yes, that is the bandage, TAPED TO HIS HAIR, FLOPPING AROUND ON THE BOTTOM, NOT EVEN TAPED TO HIS NECK. Apparently they didn’t even bother to shave part of his head.

As they filmed the interview and the back of his head, he turned a little and you could see under the FLAPPING bandage.

Here’s a zoomed in view.

Notice, while apparently the wound bled and drained on his FLOPPING bandage TAPED TO HIS HAIR… apparently it didn’t bleed or drain… on his shirt. If the blood is on the FLOPPING BANDAGE enough to leave a big stain like that, don’t you think some might have, I don’t know, ran down his neck and ended up on the collar of his shirt perhaps? Maybe some dried blood on his neck? In his hair? Anything?

In this image you can see the tape isn’t doing much better covering his “exit wound” that is supposedly right below his ear (anyone remember LOVE MALALA!?)

Here is a close-up of that wound.

I remember in the Aurora shooting case (Century 16), the assailant used an assault-type weapon to start off with, but then switched to a shotgun loaded with bird-shot for some reason. Perhaps a bird-shot pellet is what struck Rome Shubert. Or rock salt. I have a hard time understanding how a .38 round or buck-shot would have left such little damage to the kid. However, we are told this:

Dr. Chuck Burnell, the chief medical officer for Acadian Ambulance Service, said it appeared that the gunman had loaded the shotgun with buckshot and that “the high degree of lethality was because of close-range buckshot.” New York Times

Remember, the entrance wound is on the right side of his spinal column and the exit is under his left ear. The projectile would have to have passed either on top of his spine and below the skin (bruising?) or beneath the spine in deep tissue, to travel that path to the left side of his head. Assuming of course it didn’t pass THRU his spine.

Less than 24-hours into the event, several public figures have called for “gun control” as a result. Here are but a few:

  • Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo – “I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue. Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do. My feelings won’t be hurt if you de-friend me and I hope yours won’t be if you decide to post about your views and I de-friend you… I will continue to speak up and will stand up for what my heart and my God commands me to do, and I assure you he hasn’t instructed me to believe that gun-rights are bestowed by him…This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and Inaction, it’s a time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Republican) – “We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families. It’s time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again in the history of the state of Texas.”
  • President Donald Trump – “Every level of government must work together to take action and keep our children safe”
  • Nancy Pelosi – “Congress has a duty to take action to save lives.”
  • Richard Blumenthal – “More tragic bloodshed&heartbreak caused by cruel gun violence. Congress is complicit.”

As has been the case in so many of these recent mass casualty events, no motive has been discovered or at least reported by authorities at this point in time. But there is a photo of a tee-shirt on his Facebook page.

Oh well. There you have it.

Also he had some buttons on his trench coat that might imply Vladamir Putin was behind the whole thing.

“Born to Kill” appeared on a T-shirt he posted on his Facebook page, along with images of the trench coat and an explanation of its decorations.

“Hammer and Sickle=Rebellion,” he wrote. “Rising Sun=Kamikaze Tactics. Iron Cross=Bravery. Baphomet=Evil.” New York Times

To make things even more convenient, he was supposedly wearing BOTH the tee-shirt and the trench coat during the attack.

In the art room, Zachary Muehe, a sophomore, was engrossed in his phone. He heard several booms and whipped around to see Mr. Pagourtzis, who was wearing the coat and the “Born to Kill” T-shirt.

Mr. Muehe said Mr. Pagourtzis had begun shooting as soon as he entered the classroom.” New York Times

Supposedly he posted images of guns and knives on his Facebook page as well.

When asked if she thought this event might not be “real. That things like this couldn’t happen at my school” by a CNN reporter, this student laughed and said “no”

Jimmy Kimmel used his platform last night to sum up the MEANING of the event as best he could. He blamed congress and the president for not doing enough to strip citizens of their 2nd amendment rights and claimed the NRA was responsible for the inaction. He got all teary-eyed again (reminds me of Glenn Beck’s crying trick) and suggested everyone use this moment to get motivated to register to vote, I guess so some complicit corporate Dems can take office. Then he ended the segment sharing a link with his fans to Mayor (stop and frisk) Bloomberg’s constitution killing advocacy group.

“And, once again, our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers. President Trump said he is with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever—except for when it comes time to do something. Then he will not be with them,” he continued. “And neither will any of the congresspeople—or governors—who don’t ever do anything because they are fearful that it will hurt them politically. They know the truth. They know this has gone too far. But they’re too cowardly to do the right thing. They care more about the support of the NRA than they do about children.” Kimmel, fighting back tears, wasn’t done. “So they sit there, with their hands in their pockets, pockets that are full of gun money, and do nothing. They just wait for the outrage to pass, because it didn’t happen to their children. There’s only one way to look at this: How would you feel and what would you do if these were your children who were killed today?” he said. “The truth about our democracy is that the people don’t make laws, we vote for those who do. So… the least you can do is register to vote right now. I mean the only way we can make any meaningful impact on this epidemic is to make sure we vote for politicians who will do something.” Then the comedian aired the website for, a gun safety initiative that was formed shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting.” Daily Beast

This is the end of the school year. Graduation ceremony is scheduled for tonight. A tough way to end the year no matter how you look at it.

I will continue to do research on this situation and update this post as I find more to share with you.


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