Santa Fe, TX, School Shooter Fired On Students Hiding in Locked Closet

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The mother of a student who survived the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas said her daughter saw two of her classmates killed and one wounded as the gunman fired several rounds into a supply closet where they were hiding.

In an account posted Saturday on Facebook, parent Deedra Van Ness recounted in chilling detail her daughter Isabelle’s recollection of 30 minutes of terror the teen and her classmates experienced in Friday’s shooting that left 10 dead and 13 others injured.

Isabelle had just arrived for her first-period art class when the suspected gunman, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, opened fire on the classroom, Van Ness said. Pagourtzis, 17, who surrendered to police, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

“As she focused on the project, the first shot barely registers and she isn’t sure what she heard,” Van Ness wrote in the post titled The Longest Day of My Life. “Suddenly, the kids start screaming and running.

“The gunman enters their room from the classroom next door and fires a shot that grazes one girl and hits a boy in the classroom,” the mom wrote.

Some of the kids ran toward a door at the back of the room but discovered it was locked, Van Ness said. Her daughter, seeing students were unable to get through the locked door, scrambled to find cover.

“She’s moving from item to item (for cover) as the gunman continues to fire into the classroom,” Van Ness wrote. “She is now covered in dust from the bullets hitting the walls around her. Kids are scrambling trying to hide / escape and she finds an area where he can’t see her, but she can see him.”

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SOURCE: Aamer Madhani
USA TODAY

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