The teenager arrested in the fatal school shooting in Florida has been identified as a former Army JROTC member wielding an AR-15 rifle.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, was identified by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department as the suspect.
He was previously expelled from the school “for disciplinary reasons,” according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who did not elaborate as to why. He did say that Cruz was believed to have been armed with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and multiple magazines.
One student said he was a “troubled kid” with a gun obsession. A parent of a former student who went to school with Cruz -now attending the University of Central Florida- said his son told him that if there were any of his classmates that he thought would end up doing something like this it would have been Cruz.
He has been charged with premeditated murder for the 17 deaths, officials said Thursday.
Recent reports indicate the FBI was alerted six months ago after a YouTube user named “Nikolas Cruz” posted a comment stating “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”
Cruz’s social media accounts depict a deranged young man:
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