‘Gun Obsessed Student’ Used AR-15 to Kill at Least 17 and Injure 50+ – His Classmates Aren’t Surprised

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Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was taken into custody after opening fire at the school on Wednesday. Sheriff Scott Israel has confirmed that at least 17 people were killed during the shooting, and up to 50 more injured. As the events unfolded, students and faculty huddled in classrooms or attempted to flee.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, Cruz was armed with an AR-15 rifle as well as “multiple magazines” when he entered the Parkland, Florida school. He began firing on students and faculty members at approximately 2:00pm local time in an assault that lasted several minutes.

Cruz then attempted to flee by blending in with other students who were running from the building but was later taken into custody in a gated community almost two miles away.

Cruz was reportedly expelled from the school for “disciplinary reasons,” details of which are not readily available.

Authorities scoured Cruz’s social media pages and found posts they considered “very disturbing.”

One teacher said that Cruz had previously been identified as a potential threat, and many students, once news of the mass shooting broke out, indicated that they weren’t surprised Cruz was responsible.

17-year-old student Mathew Walker said that his classmates “knew it was going to be [Cruz].”

“A lot of people were saying it was going to be him,” said Walker. “A lot of kids threw jokes around saying that he was going to be the one to shoot up the school. It turned out that everyone predicted it. That’s crazy.”

“He was going class to class just shooting at random kids,” Walker continued. “Every he posts [on social media] is about weapons. It’s sick.”

Jim Gard, a math teacher at the school who taught Cruz, stated, “We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him. There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

Twelve people who were killed in the shooting were found dead inside the school building. Two more fatalities were located just outside of the building, and another in the street nearby. The remaining two deaths were people who were rushed to the hospital who later died of their injuries.