Police Report: Florida Suspect Confessed To School Shooting
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Broward County Sheriff’s Office report says Nikolas Cruz confessed to being the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
According to the report, he told interrogating officers that he “began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds” on Wednesday afternoon.
The report adds that Cruz told officers he “brought additional loaded magazines to the school campus and kept them hidden in a backpack until he got on campus to begin his assault.”
Cruz told investigators that as students began to flee, he decided to discard his AR-15 rifle and a vest he was wearing so he could blend in with the crowd. Police recovered the rifle and the vest.
The police report adds that Cruz purchased the rifle in February 2017, but does not say where it was purchased.
An attorney for the 19-year-old Florida man accused of killing 17 people at a high school says her client is sad and remorseful.
Public defender Melisa McNeill told reporters Thursday that Nikolas Cruz is fully aware of what’s going on but he’s also just a “broken human being.” McNeill spoke after a judge ordered Cruz held without bond. She had her arm around Cruz during the brief hearing.
She became emotional while speaking to reporters, saying she’s fully aware of the impact the shooting has had on the community.
Cruz is accused of opening fire Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Uber has confirmed that the suspect in the deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school used the ridesharing service before the shooting.
The company says it’s assisting law enforcement with the investigation.
The company wouldn’t answer questions about whether the Uber driver noticed anything concerning about the suspect’s behavior or if he was carrying a gun or a large case.
Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz is accused of opening fire Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing 17 people. A judge Thursday afternoon ordered him to be held without bond on 17 counts of murder.