Law officials confirmed on Thursday that Florida shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, confessed to being the shooter at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The event on Wednesday left at least 17 dead and more than a dozen injured.
Broward County court documents read, “In a post Miranda statement, Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallway and on the school grounds. Cruz stated that he bought additional loaded magazines to the school campus and kept them hidden in a backpack until he got on campus to begin his assault.”
Portions of the assailant’s plans were revealed in the documents as they continued by saying, “Cruz also admitted that as students began to flee the campus on foot he decided a plan to discard the AR15 and vest with the additional magazines so he could blend into the crowd.”
The following is our story from February 15, 2018:
Parkland Shooting Update: A veil of sadness hangs over South Florida as law officials and rest of the nation try to comprehend the unfathomable tragedy that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday. At least 17 individuals lost their lives and many were injured when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fired using a semiautomatic rifle both inside and outside of the school.
Cruz was a former student of the high school near Coral Springs, but was expelled for what it being called disciplinary reasons.
Social media accounts believed to be from the suspected shooter diplayed a massive firearm collection and messages about killing law enforcement. Students who knew or attended school with Nikolas Cruz say he was an intentional loner who seemed unapproachable.
Many students have reported knowing that Cruz possessed firearms.
Police say the discovered “countless” magazines filled with ammunition upon Cruz’s apprehension.
Reports revealed that Cruz was armed with smoke grenades and a gas mask. Police scoured video which lead them to find Cruz leaving the school, trying to blend in with students. The suspect was able to make his way off of the campus of Marjory Stone Douglas High School, but authorities arrested him shortly thereafter.
Nikolas Cruz was briefly transported for medical care then charged with 17 counts of murder and booked into Broward’s Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale.
Details regarding the victims and those who were killed in what was one of the worst school shootings in American history are still being processed. We will continue to follow and bring you reliable, accurate information on this South Florida tragedy.