Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested about an hour after a capturing rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel instructed reporters.
The sheriff’s workplace earlier spelled the suspect’s title as Nikolaus.
Cruz, who had been expelled from the college for causes that haven’t been made public, was discovered with a number of ammunition magazines and one AR-15-style rifle, Israel mentioned.
“We already started to dissect his web sites and the issues on social media that he was on and a number of the issues that got here to thoughts are very, very disturbing,” Israel mentioned.
Chad Williams, 18, a senior at Stoneman Douglas Highschool, remembered Cruz as a troubled classmate from once they attended center college collectively. He mentioned Cruz would set off the hearth alarm, day after day, and at last obtained expelled within the eighth grade.
Extra lately, Williams noticed Cruz carrying a number of publications about weapons once they bumped into one another at the highschool. Williams thought Cruz was there to select up a youthful sibling.
“He was loopy about weapons,” Williams instructed Reuters, talking by the facet of the highway close to the highschool. “He was form of an outcast. He did not have many pals. He would do something loopy for amusing, however he was bother.”
Jillian Davis, 19, mentioned she was in a faculty Junior Reserve Officer Coaching Corps with Cruz within the ninth grade. She remembered him as a quiet and shy younger man who would virtually change character when indignant. He talked so much about weapons and knives however nobody took him significantly, she instructed Reuters.
“I might say he was not probably the most regular or sane child in JROTC. He positively had a little bit one thing off about him. He was a little bit further quirky,” mentioned Davis, who graduated from the college final 12 months.
Math instructor Jim Gard instructed the Miami Herald that Cruz had been banned from returning to campus whereas carrying a backpack.
“There have been issues with him final 12 months threatening college students, and I assume he was requested to go away campus,” Gard instructed the newspaper in an interview.
Directors despatched an e-mail to lecturers warning them about Cruz, Gard instructed the paper.
One other pupil on the college instructed native WSVN-TV that Cruz was identified to have weapons at residence.
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