State investigated after Flordia school shooting suspect cut himself
- Author: Carlos Nash Feb 22, 2018,
Feb 22, 2018, 0:36
Cruz came to live with the Snead family, whose son was friendly with Cruz, after his adopted mother died last November. "It's hard to process", said Stoneman Douglas High School Student William Pringle.
The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill more than a dozen people and injuring others at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation's deadliest school shootings and concealing extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff's department report released Thursday.
Cruz's court-appointed lawyer said he had expressed remorse for his crimes.
But they had no idea, James Snead said on Sunday (Feb 18), about the depth of Cruz's troubles until the catastrophic rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
As investigators tried to establish the motive for Wednesday's shooting rampage, students and neighbours portrayed Cruz as an often odd and hostile figure who threatened others, talked about killing animals, and posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media.
"Everything everybody seems to know, we didn't know", James Snead told the Sun Sentinel. "But a lot of us are just other students who figured there's strength in numbers".
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"As far as the animals go, I'm very much an animal person". In another YouTube comment, he allegedly wrote, "I whana [sic] shoot people with my AR-15", "I wanna die Fighting killing sh*t ton of people" and "I am going to kill law enforcement one day they go after the good people". "That wouldn't have even been an option".
The Sneads knew Cruz had multiple weapons and made him get a gun safe before he could move in with them last Thanksgiving after their son asked if Cruz could stay with them.
The FBI has acknowledged that it failed to investigate a tip last month that Mr Cruz owned guns and had the "desire to kill", leading Florida governor Rick Scott to demand the resignation of FBI director Christopher Wray.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, also called for the House and Senate to conduct investigations into how the FBI reviews public tips in similar instances. They've opened their phones.
"Though there had been an account of medical neglect, the report said that "[Cruz's] clinician from Henderson mental health has stated that there are no issues with [Cruz's] medication and he has been compliant with taking his medication and keeps all of his appointments".
Cruz had been attending another school in Broward County since the expulsion, school officials said.