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The Florida killer, a teen problem lover

Ⓒ AFP – RHONA WISE – | Relief blocks access to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, 80 kms from Miami, Florida, where a shooting took place on February 14, 2018

Nikolas Cruz, the author of the shootout that killed 17 people Wednesday in a high school in southeastern Florida, was a teenage gun lover who had been fired for disciplinary reasons.

The 19-year-old showed up at the time of graduation from his former high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle and a large quantity of ammunition, killing 17 people

Local police later arrested him in nearby Coral Springs.

Ⓒ AFP – Michele Eve SANDBERG – | Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, February 14, 2018

Born in September 1998, Nikolas Cruz posted “very alarming” messages on social networks, Scott Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said, without specifying their nature, insisting on the need to report such publications.

The killer’s portrait was not made public by the authorities and an Instagram account assigned to him was removed.

Cruz was known in high school for being a problem student, according to several testimonies collected by local media.

“There were problems when he threatened students last year and I think he was told to leave the campus,” Miami Herald Jim Gard, a math teacher who had pupil in his class.

According to the teacher, the school administration had warned not to accept the student on campus if he was carrying a backpack because of these threats.

– ‘Everyone had predicted’ –

A student, interviewed by local channel WSVN-7, explained that the youth was a “problem child” who owned weapons at home and talked about using them. “He was shooting because it made him feel drunk,” he said.

According to another student, Nicholas Coke, Cruz was a “loner” who had left the establishment a few months ago to move to the north of the state after the death of his mother. He also reportedly made military preparations, according to sources at the Pentagon who did not give details.

The shooter had already had “a lot of problems” in college, he added, saying that Nikolas Cruz broke a window kick.

Another high school student, questioned at the scene of the shootings by the local channel WJXT, claimed that Nikolas Cruz’s acting out was predictable.

“Honestly, a lot of people said it would be him” who “would water the high school,” said the student that the channel has not identified.

“In the end, everyone had predicted it,” he added, noting that Nikolas Cruz knew the scene and security procedures in force in high school in case of shots.

“He was on the second floor, he knows the layout of classes, he knew where the students would be,” he said. “He is used to fire drills, he is prepared.”

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