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What we know about Florida school shooting suspect Nikolaus Cruz

What we know about Florida school shooting suspect Nikolaus Cruz

It was the nation's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., more than five years ago. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed Wednesday night that a football coach was killed and the son of a sheriff's deputy was shot and is in stable condition.

In the wake of the deadly shooting, questions have emerged over whether authorities, school officials or acquaintances had missed warning signs about the alleged shooter, who was asked to leave the high school the year before for disciplinary reasons.

The young man now stands accused of committing one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern USA history.

"They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person", Bennight told BuzzFeed News.

"We do this every day".

Attorney Jim Lewis told the AP that the family is cooperating with authorities, and had no idea he was planning the shooting. Students who knew him described a volatile teenager whose odd behavior had caused others to end friendships with him. "It's insane", Bonilla recalled.

The Valentine's Day bloodshed in the racially mixed community about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at USA schools and college campuses in recent years.

His first court appearance was expected Thursday afternoon.

The day started normally at the school, which had a morning fire drill.

Falkowski credited a recent active shooter training with saving lives.

Some texted goodbyes to loved ones, fearful they wouldn't make it out alive. "Everything he posts [on social media] is about weapons". Some students recorded the horror on their phones. "Oh my God!" as gunshots popped in rapid succession in the background. Cruz also shot two people outside the building and another victim standing on a nearby street, according to law enforcement.

The sheriff said 12 bodies were found inside the building, two more outside, and another a short distance away from the school.

An undetermined number of others were injured, officials said.

The incident began around 2:30 p.m. ET.

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"We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries".

A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that Cruz legally purchased his AR-15 rifle about a year ago.

Agents from the MS field office responded "immediately" to Bennight's tip and conducted an in-person interview the following day, September 25. Bill Nelson told CNN.

Nicole Baltzer, 18, was in trigonometry class when the shooting started.

About 60 to 90 seconds later, she closed the classroom door.

One survivor, Kyle Yeoward, 16, said he and about 15 fellow students and a teacher hid in a closet for almost two hours before police arrived. "She was crying when she saw me".

Authorities have not released the identities of the victims, but they include 17 adults and children.

"It is with great sadness that our football family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis", the team wrote. "He was a very kind soul, a very nice man".

"He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories", the tweet continued to say. If you see her please have her call her parents ASAP.

Investigators began combing through Cruz's social media profiles Wednesday in search of a motive, uncovering a "very, very disturbing" portrait - including images of the former student holding guns and knives with his face obscured by a black scarf.

The suspect used a.223 caliber, AR-15 style firearm in the shooting, which he bought in the past year after passing a background check, a source told CNN's Evan Perez. She said he had been abusive to the girl.

His adoptive mother - her cousin Lynda Cruz - died in November of pneumonia while his father passed away years ago, according to Blaine.

"I think we spoke with you in the past about a complaint that you made about someone making a comment on your YouTube channel", the agent, Ryan Furr, said in the message, which Bennight provided to BuzzFeed News.

"Our district is in a tremendous state of grief and sorrow", said Robert Runcie, superintendent of the school district in Parkland, about an hour's drive north of Miami.


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