The Parkland school shooting suspect brags about his plans for the massacre and how he will become infamous for it in newly released cell phone videos.
"Hi, my name is Nik and I’m gonna be the next school shooter of 2018," Nikolas Cruz, 19, says in the first of three clips released Wednesday by the Broward State Attorney's Office. Cruz is accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Valentine's Day.
Wearing a baseball cap in the first clip, he casually remarks that his "goal is at least 20 people" killed.
He said it would be a "big event."
"When you see me on the news, you'll all know who I am. You're all going to die. Pew, pew, pew, pew, pew. Can’t wait," he says.
In a second video, Cruz explains how he will take Uber to the school and conceal his weapons.
In the third video, which seems to have been recorded the day of the shooting, he said, “This is the day it all begins. [...] All the kids in school will run in fear and hide. From the wrath of my power, they will know who I am. I am nothing. I am no one. [...] With the power of my AR, you will all know who I am.”
He says he is done with being told what to do and being called "a dumbass."
Cruz says people are brainwashed by government programs and he speaks out to a woman named "Angie," professing his love to her and saying he hopes they are together in the afterlife. It's unclear who he is referring to.
Most of the footage shows a sidewalk, a bike tire and what appears to be Cruz sitting on a bench wearing a cast on his arm.
The Broward State Attorney's Office released the videos because under Florida law, pre-trial evidence becomes a public record, according to The Associated Press.
"This is an awful case and today is more of that awfulness and further shows how severely broken a human being the defendant is," Cruz’s lawyer Howard Finklestein said in a statement Wednesday.
[Photo: Broward County State Attorney's Office]
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