Florida School Shooting Suspect Charged With Premeditated Murder

Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated homicide after a faculty taking pictures in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, February 14, in keeping with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office jail’s on-line data.

The 19-year-old suspect was arrested after police mentioned he opened hearth with an AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 college students and adults and injuring not less than 14 others. He had been expelled from the college final yr for disciplinary causes.

Nikolas Cruz. Broward County Sheriff’s Office

“This has been a day the place we’ve seen the worst of humanity,” Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie mentioned throughout a press convention on Wednesday afternoon. “Tomorrow is gonna convey out the most effective in humanity as we come collectively to maneuver ahead from this unspeakable tragedy.”

Investigators imagine that Cruz activated the college’s hearth alarm forward of the bloodbath to attract college students out of their lecture rooms and into the hallways, which possible elevated the variety of casualties. Twelve folks had been killed contained in the constructing, two exterior and one on the road. Two others died on the hospital.

Florida School Shooting Suspect Charged With Premeditated Murder Students are evacuated by police out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a taking pictures on February 14, 2018. Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS through Getty Images

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel mentioned throughout a press convention on Wednesday that a few of Cruz’s social media posts had been “very disturbing” and included images of him with weapons. BuzzFeed News reported that the FBI was alerted final fall that Cruz commented, “I’m going to be knowledgeable college shooter,” on considered one of YouTube vlogger Ben Bennight’s movies.

Cruz is ready to seem in court docket on Thursday, February 15.

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