Shana Fisher is one of the ten victims in the Santa Fe high school shooting. The Daily Mail reports that Fisher warned her family that Dimitrios Pagourtzis wanted to hurt her a couple weeks before the shooting took place. From the Daily Mail:
Shana’s grief-stricken dad Timothy Thomas, 41, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that his daughter actually predicted that the trench coat-wearing loner was going to harm her.
‘Shana told her mother two weeks ago he was going to come and kill her,’ Thomas, a dad of five, said.
‘He had told her himself he was going to kill her. He was walking around planning this in his head for two weeks.
‘Shana said that if he came into the school with a gun and killed her she would haunt him for the rest of his life. She was really scared.’
Fisher’s mother told the Los Angeles Times that Pagourtzis had pestered her daughter for months before the attack:
One of Pagourtzis’ classmates who died in the attack, Shana Fisher, “had 4 months of problems from this boy,” her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, wrote in a private message to the Los Angeles Times on Facebook. “He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no.”
Pagourtzis continued to get more aggressive, and she finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, Rodriguez said. “A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she wrote. “Shana being the first one.” Rodriguez didn’t say how she knew her daughter was the first victim.
Fisher’s friends said they could not corroborate the mother’s claims.
Police haven’t revealed whether or not Shana Fisher was the first person shot. A 17-year-old eyewitness to the attack said Pagourtzis entered a classroom, pointed to a specific student and said: “I’m going to kill you.” However, the eyewitness didn’t reveal who was targeted.
Pagourtzis exchanged fire with the police, seriously wounding a school resource officer, but eventually surrendered. Gov. Greg Abbott revealed the suspect had planned to kill himself but told police, “that he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide.” The NY Post reported that he was playing a Japanese kamikaze theme on his phone during the attack:
“My friend Trent was in the classroom and said after [Pagourtzis] would shoot a student he would sing, ‘Another one bites the dust!’” Sante Fe High School sophomore Kole Dixon, 16, told The Post of a classmate, whose last name he asked not be printed.
“He also kept playing a kamikaze song over and over as loud as he could,” on his cellphone, Dixon said of the shooter.
Pagourtzis had the same kamikaze military anthem on his now-deleted YouTube page, Dixon said.
Let’s stipulate that there’s still a lot here that hasn’t been confirmed. But if it’s true that Pagourtzis was embarrassed in class by Shana Fisher and that he threatened to kill her before the attack and targeted her during the attack, that would provide at least a partial explanation for what motivated him. It still wouldn’t explain why he also killed seven other students and two teachers who apparently weren’t involved in his fixation on Fisher.
Again, this is far from settled at this moment, but so far it appears reminiscent of the 2014 shooting by Elliot Rodger. Rodger was obsessed with his own loneliness and inability to find a girlfriend. “My orchestration of the Day of Retribution is my attempt to do everything, in my power, to destroy everything I cannot have,” he wrote in his 137-page manifesto. He added, “All of those beautiful girls I’ve desired so much in my life, but can never have because they despise and loathe me, I will destroy.”