Authorities took the 19-year-old Florida Parkland High School shooter into custody Wednesday "without incident" an hour after he left the school.
Just minutes before his arrest, Nikolas Cruz was firing a semiautomatic rifle into his former classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday killing 17 people and injuring 14 more.
It appears Cruz acted alone and was a former student at the high school of some 3,200 students. He was expelled previously for undisclosed reasons but classmates cited a history of bringing weapons to school including bullets in his backpack.
One person even wrote a letter to the school suggesting Cruz never be allowed on campus with a backpack. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Cruz wore a gas mask while and used smoke bombs to cause confusion as he indiscriminately fired into classrooms full of students.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Everyone predicted it," a student said about the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Parkland?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Parkland</a> shooting. <a href="https://t.co/mbzBIw8iUa">pic.twitter.com/mbzBIw8iUa</a></p>— Vic Micolucci WJXT (@WJXTvic) <a href="https://twitter.com/WJXTvic/status/963899957559390210?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Jim Gard, who taught one of Cruz's classes in 2016, said he was surprised to hear of the shooting. "He was a quiet kid in class, I never had any problems with Nick," Gard said.
"Some of the girls in my class said that I guess he had some problems with some other girls, but that’s hearsay and all that. As far as my class goes, I remember an email or two from admin [expressing concern] but I can’t remember exactly what it said," he said.
"We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him," Gard continued. "There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus."
Deputies arrested Cruz in the Wyndham Lakes community in Coral Springs around 4 p.m. Wednesday, a little over an hour after the shooting started and around 1 mile away from the school.
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So far authorities have not revealed a motive but have found several pictures of Cruz holding weapons on his social media accounts. Anyone with any information about this event or Cruz is asked to call 1-800-Call-FBI.
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