17 people are confirmed dead after Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 style weapon Wednesday afternoon.
Cruz,19, is a former student of the high school he terrorized. According to Broward County Schools Superintendent, Robert Runcie, he was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons.
Cruz's mugshot has just been released, and he is scheduled to appear in court this morning. Cruz is being charged with 17 counts of pre-meditated murder.
19-year-old Parkland, Florida, school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, according to sheriff's office https://t.co/8XEE7sNFoP pic.twitter.com/SC5whP8FbO— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 15, 2018
Madison Park & Ray Sanchez of CNN.com write:
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz's digital profile contained what he called "very, very disturbing" content.
He had a variety of gun and violence-related postings on social media sites. Postings under the name Nikolas Cruz included threatening comments under videos on YouTube and other sites, including "I whana shoot people with my AR-15" (sic), "I wanna die Fighting killing s**t ton of people" and "I am going to kill law enforcement one day they go after the good people."
On his Instagram page, Cruz posted a photo of a shotgun, in another photo he is shown brandishing a pistol that appears to be a type of BB gun. In other pictures he is covering his face with a kerchief, and brandishing long knives.
Police say Cruz was armed with multiple magazines and at least one AR-15 style rifle. The suspected shooter bought the firearm in the past year and had passed the background check to make the purchase, according to a US official briefed on the investigation.
What are your thoughts on all of this?
I don't wanna hear that he was a troubled misunderstood student. I don't wanna see his Easter pictures posted on the net Nikolas Cruz was a terrorist. Call him what he was an show that mugshot all over the tv's and net— Django Freeman (@Radio_Raheem__) February 15, 2018
Our children are dying and we're doing nothing to stop it. I'm running out of words to describe my anger, frustration, and sadness.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) February 14, 2018
So today I have one message: If you're unwilling to step up and demand reform, get out of office. #GunControlNow
Thoughts AND prayers AND gun control AND better mental healthcare AND new measures to at least attempt to prevent this. For fucks sake. #florida— Francois Arnaud (@francoarno) February 14, 2018
So we humanize people like Nikolas Cruz after he murders 17 people, teenagers, someone’s baby to be exact. And say he’s mentally ill. But Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Vonderitt Myers, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland were thugs and criminals? pic.twitter.com/N7f35GpfqT— Petty Vandross (@chellewenot) February 15, 2018
19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was expelled for violence more than once, yet this kid passed a background check and legally owned an AR-15?!?!?— April Freeman (@AprilFreemanFL) February 15, 2018
Why does Washington do nothing, while innocent lives are needlessly destroyed for simply going to school?? Over, and over, and over... ?????
Nicolas Cruz is a mentally unstable kid. His mother had called the local police so they'd talk to her son about his erratic behavior. He was expelled from school. Still, he was able to buy guns, no problem.— Nasty_&_mad (@amytgr) February 15, 2018
Yes, why would we ever need background checks for? #GunControlNow
Nikolas Cruz used an AR-15 style rifle in yesterday's shooting. This rifle has been used in other shootings in the U.S. such as:— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 15, 2018
❇️Pulse shooting in Orlando pic.twitter.com/fe3n7LzL6B
Mass shooting in #Florida school:— RT (@RT_com) February 15, 2018
- 17 dead
- shooter identified as 19yo former student Nikolas Cruz
- he had been banned from campus for making threats in the past
- more details: https://t.co/YTOp0lmwjr #Parkland pic.twitter.com/vDY5RyLuJO
A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was expelled after a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. https://t.co/BjbdXr0ZYv— CBC News (@CBCNews) February 15, 2018