Motive a mystery in Santa Fe massacre

Attorney for accused gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis casts doubt on theory that shooting was carried out as revenge against victim who spurned his romantic advances.

Posted: May. 21, 2018 5:32 PM
Updated: May. 21, 2018 5:36 PM

(NBC News) Eight students and two teachers were gunned down at Santa Fe High School Friday by 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

Lawyers for the accused gunman pushed back on the theory that the shooting was partially caused by one of the female victims rejecting Pagourtzis.

The mother of shooting victim Shana Fisher said Pagourtzis was pursuing her daughter, but his lawyers said he did not recognize her name.

"He is still in a state, I think that there is definitely something going on there in terms of mental health history, we are going to have to get that evaluated before I can say much more," said lead attorney for Pagourtzis, Nicholas Poehl.

Investigators are still pouring over the teenager's journals and social media posts, hoping to figure out what made him take his father's shot-gun and revolver, burst into an art classroom and start firing during first period Friday.

Under Texas law, the maximum sentence for capital murder charges for those who are under 18 is life in prison with the possibility of parole in 40 years.

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