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Santa Fe students recall gunman’s chilling words, getting shot during carnage

At least eight people were killed and others injured when a shooter opened fire on a high school near Houston on Friday morning, according to officials. A male suspect, thought to be a student, has been arrested in the shooting at Santa Fe High School, on May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S. ( Harris County Sheriff's Office/ZUMA Wire/TNS)

Students at a Texas high school continue to grapple with the aftermath of a school shooting that left 10 of their classmates and teachers dead.

Confessed teen gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis taunted his victims as he made his way through Santa Fe High School Friday with a .38-caliber handgun and a shotgun, one witness said.

“He was playing music, making jokes while he was doing it,” survivor Trenton Beazley recalled Monday on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” “Every time he would kill someone he would say, ‘Another one bites the dust.’ “

Beazley – one of more than a dozen students wounded in the hail of bullets fired by the 17-year-old Pagourtzis – said someone finally told him a bullet grazed him after he helped a female classmate who had also been shot.

Santa Fe sophomore Rome Shubert didn’t realize a bullet went through the back of his head until he was almost 300 feet away from the school.

“I was running and I looked down and noticed a little blood on my shirt,” he said in a separate interview with “GMA.” At first he believed “it was somebody else’s and somebody told me I had been shot in the back of the head.”

But Shubert miraculously survived without any bullet fragments going into his head, and was able to make it to his baseball game the next day.

“The bullet went through the back of my head and through the side of my head,” he said. “If it had been anywhere else, upside down or diagonal I could have been paralyzed or killed.”

The pitcher, who’s committed to the University of Houston, said he decided to play on Saturday with the victims’ initials on his wrist to “give a little feeling of hope.”

“I just want to be out there for all my friends and show them that I’m still there with them,” he said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for the entire state to have a moment of silence Monday at 10 a.m.

Funerals began Sunday for some of those killed in the massacre, with a service for Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh at a mosque in Stafford, Texas.

Rome Shubert’s mother, Sheri, told “GMA” on Monday that she expected her son’s suburban Houston school would eventually fall victim to a shooter.

“Sadly I did,” she said, blaming a disregard for people with mental illness. “I felt like it’s a pattern with these shootings, and nothing has changed after each one of them. We debate gun control, then we’re numb and it goes away. And then there’s another shooting.”


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