(AP)– An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and an AR-15 rifle has actually been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in the United States in five years.
Fourteen wounded survivors were hospitalized as bodies were recuperated from inside and around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Florida’s reaction Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll take a seat with state leaders and work on how they can ensure individuals with mental illness aren’t able to obtain weapons. Scott spoke during an interview on Thursday,
a day after a shooting left 17 people dead at a high school. He said leaders will look at how they can ensure something like that never takes place once again. [Related: Students: Shooting suspect pestered peers, extolled gun] Throughout the conference, FBI agent Rob Lasky states the FBI examined a 2017 YouTube
comment that said”I’m going to be a professional school shooter “; but the company could not determine the person making the comment.What we know about the shooting Just before the shooting broke out, some trainees thought they were having another fire drill. Such a workout had actually forced
them to leave their class hours previously. So when the alarm went off Wednesday afternoon quickly
prior to they were to be dismissed, they when again submitted out into the corridors. [Related: Football coach dies a hero after shielding students from Florida shooter] That’s when cops state Nikolas Cruz, geared up with a gas mask, smoke grenades and multiple magazines of ammo, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 people and sending numerous trainees running away into the streets. It was the nation’s most dangerous school shooting because a gunman assaulted a grade school in Newtown, Connecticut, more than 5 years back
.” Our district is in a remarkable state of grief and grief,”said Robert Runcie, superintendent of the school district in Parkland, about an hour’s drive north of
Miami.”It is a dreadful day for us.” Authorities used no instant details about Cruz or his possible motive, other than to state that he had actually been tossed out of the high school, which has about 3,000 trainees. Trainees who understood him described a volatile teen whose weird habits had triggered others to end relationships with him. [Related: Florida shooting suspect accuseded of 17
counts of premeditated murder] Cruz’s mother Lynda Cruz passed away of pneumonia on Nov. 1 neighbors, friends and
family members said, inning accordance with the Sun Guard. Cruz and her husband, who passed away of a cardiac arrest numerous years back, embraced Nikolas and his biological bro, Zachary, after the couple moved from Long Island in New York to Broward County. The young boys were left in the care of a family friend after their mother died, member of the family Barbara
Kumbatovich, of Long Island, stated. Unhappy there, Nikolas Cruz asked to relocate with a buddy’s family in northwest Broward. The household agreed and Cruz relocated around Thanksgiving. According to the household’s attorney, who did not identify them, they understood that Cruz owned the AR-15 however made him keep it secured in a cabinet. He did have the key, however. Jim Lewis stated the family is ravaged and didn’t see this coming. They are working together with authorities
, he stated. [Related: Instructor hid 19 students in a closet when gunman opened fire] Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old junior at the school, stated Cruz was expelled last school year since he got
into a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new partner. She said he had actually been abusive to his girlfriend.”I think everybody had in their minds if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him,”she said. Cruz was apprehended without a battle about an hour after the shooting in a domestic neighborhood about a mile away. He had multiple magazines of
ammunition, authorities stated. “It’s disastrous. There truly are no words,”said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Frantic parents hurried to the school to find SWAT team members and ambulances surrounding the
substantial school and emergency situation employees who seemed treating the wounded on walkways.
Trainees who had not run started leaving in a single-file line with their turn over their heads as officers prompted them to leave quickly. [Related: School shooting suspect made’disturbing’social
media posts]. Hearing loud bangs as the shooter fired, a lot of the students inside hid under desks
or in closets, and barricaded doors. “We remained in the corner, far from the windows,”said freshman Max Charles, who said he heard five gunshots.”The instructor locked the door and switched off the light. I thought perhaps I might pass away or something. “As he was leaving the structure, he saw four dead trainees and one dead teacher. He said
he was eased when he lastly found his mom. “I mored than happy that I lived, “Max said.” She was crying when she saw me.”Noah Parness, a 17-year-old junior, said he and the other students calmly went outside to their fire-drill areas when he unexpectedly heard popping noises.” We saw a bunch of teachers running down the stairway, and then everyone shifted and burglarized
a sprint,”Parness said.” I hopped a fence. ” [Related: Trump promises to’relieve discomfort’after school shooting, provides few specifics] Most of the fatalities were inside the building, though some victims were found fatally shot outside, the constable said.
Sen. Expense Nelson informed CNN that Cruz had actually pulled the fire alarm” so the kids would come pouring out of the classrooms into the
hall.””And there the carnage started,”said Nelson, who said he was briefed by the FBI. The scene was reminiscent of the Newtown attack, which surprised even a nation numbed by the regularity of school shootings.
The Dec. 14, 2012, attack at Sandy Hook Grade school eliminated 26 people: 20 first-graders and 6 staff members. The 20-year-old shooter, who also fatally shot his mother in her bed, then killed himself. [Related: A timeline of the Florida school shooting through a student’s terrified tweets] Not long after Wednesday’s attack in Florida, Michael Nembhard was being in his garage on a cul-de-sac when he saw a young
guy in a burgundy shirt walking down the street. In an immediate, a police car brought up, and officers leapt out with weapons drawn.”All I heard was’Get on the ground! Get on the ground! ‘” Nembhard said. He stated Cruz did as he was told. The school was to be closed for the remainder of the week.President Trump
‘s action President Donald Trump stated the country is” collaborated as one American family “after a shooting
at a Florida high school that killed 17 individuals.
In a national address from the White Home on Thursday, Trump stated he wished to speak directly to America’s kids, stating”you are never alone, and you never ever will be.” [Related: Florida shooting survivor:’I was predestined to get home’] He said no child needs to have to go to school fearing for their lives. Trump said he’ll take a trip to Florida meet victims’households, check out ways to better protected schools
and “deal with the hard concern of mental health.”He did not mention weapons or weapon control.Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Kentucky’s Republican governor states he’s heartbroken over the Florida school shooting, specifically given that his state is still recuperating
from a similar shooting at a high school in Kentucky just a couple of weeks
ago. Gov. Matt Bevin told talk radio hosts his heart is really broken for individuals of Florida and the neighborhood has been shattered in a similar manner in which Kentucky remained in January. He said weapons are not the factor for boost in school shootings, however blamed a culture that delegitimizes life through violent computer game, TV programs and music lyrics. Bevin called computer game where people eliminate others”trash “and stated”it’s the same
as porn.” He said” liberty of speech”has actually been abused by enabling things that are”dirty and horrible and have no redeemable value.” Superintendent Robert Runcie A
school district superintendent choked up throughout a television interview while talking about the shooting. Broward County school district Superintendent Robert Runcie told WSVN on Thursday early morning that seeing the bodies scattered on floorings inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School “was definitely dreadful.”A tearful Runcie stated the scene was”nothing like I’ve ever seen in my entire life.”Runcie stated his thoughts are with the parents and households whose children didn’t come home from school Wednesday. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights scheduled. This material may not be released, broadcast, reworded or rearranged.