Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

What We Know About The Florida School Shooting Suspect

What We Know About The Florida School Shooting Suspect

Police say the young man was heavily armed when he carried out the attack, packing what they believe to be an AR-15 rifle and "countless magazines".

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that Cruz was arrested after the attack and checked out at a hospital before being taken to a secure location in an unspecified public building.

A family reunites following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Witnesses and local leaders briefed by investigators indicated the assailant had planned the shooting meticulously with the intention to maximise casualties.

Police officers in helmets, bulletproof vests and armed with automatic weapons could be seen stationed at several points around the sprawling school complex, which serves almost 3,000 students.

Police teams were still moving through classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas school in Parkland last night, hours after the shooting.

"Honestly, a lot of people were saying it was going to be him", a student, who did not provide his name, told WJXT-TV. "Then we heard gunshots". We all got upstairs and into our classroom. "I'm in the auditorium and the doors are locked". The door was left open the whole time so as (the shooter) walked by, the door was open.

Broward County Mayor Beam Furr said during an interview with CNN that the shooter was getting treatment at a mental health clinic for a while, but that he hadn't been back to the clinic for more than a year. "Our teacher, right in the corner, you can just see the bullet and like, blood on the wall".

"It is a horrific situation", said Robert Runcie, superintendent of the school district in Parkland, about an hour's drive north of Miami.

"We received no warning". Potentially there could have been signs out there. "But we didn't have any warnings, there weren't any phone calls or threats that we know of that were made". VIDEO: Student at school where shooting happened: "Everyone predicted this " Unhappy there, Nikolas Cruz asked to move in with a friend's family in northwest Broward.

"There were problems with him a year ago threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus".

"There were problems with him past year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus", Gard said.

It is one of the deadliest school shootings since 26 people were killed at a CT school in 2012.

According to the doctors, of the 17 shooting victims taken to the hospital, two died.

Daniel Huerfano, a student who fled Wednesday's attack, said he recognized Cruz from an Instagram photo in which Cruz posed with a gun in front of his face.

Travis Julmice, an 18-year-old senior, said he had not been in a class with Cruz since middle school.

"No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school", he said on Twitter.

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