Here’s what we know about the Florida shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz
Earlier today, a shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. According to reports, the shooting left at least 17 people dead and 23 others injured. The Florida shooting suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been taken into custody.
Although officials just released the identity of the suspect in custody, here’s what we know about Cruz so far.
Cruz was a former student at the high school who had been expelled for “disciplinary reasons.” As the Miami Herald reported, his troubles were so bad that he was banned from bringing a backpack to school due to claims that he was threatening other students.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told CBS News that Cruz reportedly pulled the fire alarm, causing chaos around the school, right before he started shooting. He was reportedly armed with an AR-15 rifle and “countless magazines,” and began his shooting spree outside of the school, killing three people right away. Once the suspect entered the school, an additional 12 were killed, and two died after being taken to the hospital.
A student at the school told CBS Miami that Cruz “always had guns on him and stuff like that. He was a little bit of a troubled kid.”
Cruz reportedly left the school after the shooting by trying to blend in with students who were trying to escape, but he was arrested after being located off school grounds in a nearby community. He was taken into custody “without incident” and was later seen being transported to the hospital.
Local school superintendent Robert Runcie told CBS Miami, “We received no warnings. Potentially there could have been signs out there. But we didn’t have any warning or phone calls or threats that were made.”
As of now, we still don’t know too much about the suspect other than his past behavioral issues. But that’s guaranteed to change as more reports come in.