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.
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.
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