On Wednesday, a former student opened fire at a South Florida high school that killed at least 17 people.
The suspect was identified as Nikolaus Cruz, 19.
Jim Gard, Cruz’s former math teacher revealed that Cruz was a security threat and was not allowed on campus with a backpack. Gard stated, “We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him. There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
Another student who asked to remain anonymous described Cruz as “troubled.” The teen stated, “I stayed clear of him most of the time.”
He continued, “He’s been a troubled kid, and he’s always had a certain amount of issues going on. He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling. He showed me [his guns] personally through his phone.”
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The teen also added that Cruz would “joke” about taking out his classmates on many different occasions. The teen explained, “He played around with the joke multiple times. 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.”
According to officials, Cruz had an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and multiple magazines. The shooting began outside the school and continued inside. Currently, authorities believe he was a lone shooter.
Investigators are currently reviewing his social media posts in which they described as “very disturbing.”
The suspect’s Instagram (which is now deleted) shows that he was a Trump supporter. The profile picture shows Cruz wearing a scarf around his face and with the infamous red Make America Great Again hat. Other pictures on his page reveal he was enthralled with many different types of guns.
Below are some pictures that were seen on his Instagram:
17 people dead at Stoneman Douglas High School. Unknown number injured, some still in surgery.
The shooter has been identified as White Identity Extremist Nikolaus Cruz, 19 pic.twitter.com/WHZi1JgObi
— Thru Woke Eyes (@ThruWokeEyes) February 14, 2018
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