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UPDATE: Suspect in Florida School Shooting Identified as Nicholas Cruz; Death Toll 17 in Broward Massacre

Posted on | February 14, 2018 | 2 Comments

A 19-year-old former student went on a shooting rampage today at a high school in Broward County, Florida. At least one person was killed and more than a dozen others injured.

UPDATE: The suspect, Nicholas Cruz, was a known threat:

The former student suspected of opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland may been identified a potential threat to fellow students in the past, according to one teacher.
The 19-year-old ex-student, who has been detained by Broward police, has not been publicly identified as a suspect. But a law-enforcement source identified him as Nicolas Cruz.
“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said math teacher Jim Gard, who said Cruz had been in his class last year. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

 

UPDATE II: Nicholas de Jesus Cruz had posted pictures of himself holding guns and knives on his Instagram account.

UPDATE III: “Everyone predicted it,” one student said in a TV interview. Cruz seems to have been rather notorious:

“I stayed clear of him most of the time,” said one teen, who spoke to WSVN, but didn’t give his name.
“He’s been a troubled kid, and he’s always had a certain amount of issues going on,” the boy explained. “He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling. He showed me [his guns] personally through his phone.”
The alleged shooter == identified as Nikolaus Cruz, 19 — had even “joked” about taking out his schoolmates on several occasions, the student said.
“He played around with the joke multiple times,” the teen said. “You know, he knows the layout of the school. He can actually go ahead and he can pinpoint where all the students would be. He’s been through the drills multiple times.”

The death toll is 17, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who said Cruz had been expelled from the school “for disciplinary reasons.” Israel said law enforcement has begun to investigate the suspect’s social media and described it as “very disturbing.”

 

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