In tweet, Trump says there were signs Florida shooter was 'big problem'

Marsha Scott
February 16, 2018

The "code red" lockdown began at around 8pm Irish-time, when the 19-year-old former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. At least one occurred when a gun unintentionally discharged.

The Instagram account of the suspected gunman in yesterday's Florida high school shooting which left 17 people dead and up to 50 more injured has revealed his fixation with guns and violence. The suspect was a former student of the school, according to Israel. The victims have not yet been named at the time of this post.

Cruz was taken to custody and transferred to a nearby hospital, before being moved to a police station.

Cruz, who was expelled from the school a year ago, returned on Wednesday in a deadly rampage that left at least 17 dead.

Cruz, 19, was identified Wednesday as the suspected shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Cruz had attended Stoneman Douglas, but was expelled previous year, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

He said in a tweet that the White House is "working closely with law enforcement on the bad Florida school shooting". All he would talk about was guns, knives and hunting, they added.

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One of the victims of the shooting was identified as Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and security guard at the school.

A math teacher at the school told CBS that he was hiding with six of his students.

The shooter had already had "a lot of problems", Coke said, recalling an incident during middle school when Cruz kicked out a window. A further two people died later while receiving medical treatment.

Born in September 1998, Nikolas was adopted by his mother Lynda Cruz. Students who knew him described a volatile teenager whose odd behavior had caused others to end friendships with him. After students and staff heard "what sounded like gunfire", the school went into lockdown, said the school district on Twitter. They knew he had a gun and made him keep it in a locked gun cabinet in the house, which Cruz had the key to.

Jim Lewis said the family is devastated and didn't see this coming.

Cruz passed a background check and legally purchased the assault weapon from a licensed dealer in February 2017, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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