The mother of one of the victims in Friday’s massacre at a Texas high school said she believed her daughter was intentionally targeted by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old suspected of fatally shooting 10 people.
Sadie Rodriguez told BuzzFeed News that her daughter Shana Fisher, 16, had problems with the suspect in the four months leading up to the shooting at Santa Fe High School.
“He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no,” Rodriguez said in a Facebook message. “He continued to get more aggressive.”
The 16-year-old girl was one of 10 people who died after Pagourtzis opened fire in a classroom Friday morning.
Rodriguez said the suspect was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter’s best friend. Her daughter “finally stood up to him,” she said, and “embarrassed him in class” just last week.
“A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” Rodriguez said.
It was unclear if Fisher’s problems with the suspect would factor into his criminal case. Pagourtzis faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.
The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pagourtzis’s attorney Nick Poehl told BuzzFeed News he was not able to confirm the suspect’s alleged interactions with Fisher prior to the shooting.
“We’ve been appraised of that late this evening,” Poehl said. “All I can say is we don’t have any information one way or another on that.”
After his arrest, Pagourtzis admitted to shooting multiple people with “the intent on killing people” in an interview with police, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.
“Dimitrios advised he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told,” the affidavit said.
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