Texas Holds Moment of Silence for School Shooting Victims

Santa Fe school shooting renews debate over gun control

Santa Fe school shooting renews debate over gun control

The gunman who opened fire inside Santa Fe High School Friday morning allegedly repeated "another one bites the dust" during the carnage, one survivor said.

The debate over gun control has ramped up once again in Texas following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Classmates at the school, which has some 1,460 students, described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the football team. He was listed on the Santa Fe Junior High sixth-grade honor roll in 2012.

Schools in Santa Fe were closed through Tuesday and a crisis hotline was set up for traumatized students and parents. "The timing of it just seemed really bad".

What's more, the Santa Fe school had two armed police officers and had trained extensively in active shooter protocols, so it wasn't a situation where "good guys with guns" can solve the problem.

Poehl said that there was no history of mental health issues with his client, though there may be "some indications of family history".

"Anybody wants to hear their heart stop and see how long they can not breathe, wait till that phone call comes in, until you know they're safe", he said.

Neighbors in nearby Alvin, Texas, say Pagourtzis grew up there on a tree-lined street. Pagourtzis' mother told Bland her son would stay up all night playing video games, according to Bland.

According to an affidavit filed in court, he waived his right to remain silent and admitted "to shooting multiple people".

Investigators are still trying to determine what led a gunman to open fire at the school last Friday, killing at least 10 people. Pagourtzis told the judge he is a citizen of the United States and requested a court-appointed attorney. The original contest page on Abbott's site displayed an image of the governor with a shotgun and a banner that read, "Win a Texas-Made Shotgun".

Officials have not released any information about motive.

Authorities found writings in the suspect's journals that indicated he wanted to take his own life, Abbott said.

"The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans", Abbott said in a statement.

"I'm nearly to the point where you nearly become speechless because these incidents are happening way too much", Turner added. "Shana being the first one".

The sheriff said the two school resource officers, who arrived at the school about four minutes after the shooting started and engaged the suspected shooter, were "heroes".

Abbott told reporters on Friday the weapons were legally owned by Pagourtzis' father.

"You're entering a war zone, a spiritual war zone", Roady said.

The alleged assailant in this case, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, did not appear to have a criminal record or, so far as we know, any previous interactions with police or worrisome concerns from the community.

Shana's mom, Sadie Baze, told local CBS affiliate KENS5 that she believed her her daughter was the first person targeted, and that in the days before the school shooting took place, discussed the possibility of it happening with her mom. We have been and will continue to cooperate with the authorities conducting the investigation, and ask for the public's patience while it moves forward.

He added: "Family and friends and God, that's what's going to get us through this".

"We have 50 million abortions". Abbott's official campaign website had boasted. North said on "Fox News Sunday".

"This is a young kid, who is at this point is very confused and still in some shock", Barfield said. "To say he's doing well surely wouldn't be accurate right now".