Nikolas Cruz, the teen suspected of taking at least 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine’s Day has allegedly confessed to police that he “began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds,” according to a police arrest report from the by the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
According to the report, Cruz, 19, took an Uber to the school. Police said he carried an AR-15 and magazines in both a black duffel bag and a backpack.
“Cruz also admitted that as students began to flee the campus on foot he decided a plan to discard the AR15 and vest with the additional magazines so he could blend into the crowd,” the arrest report states.
Before doing so, he shot inside five classrooms in the freshman building of the school, according to The New York Times.
After fleeing the school, posing as a scared student, Cruz allegedly walked to a nearby Walmart and then bought a beverage at a Subway. Then, he made a stop at McDonalds. Police spotted him as he walked down a street.
“He looked like a typical high school student, and for a quick moment I thought, could this be the person who I need to stop?” said Officer Michael Leonard. He was apprehended without incident, and the arrest was caught on video.
Cruz now faces 17 counts of premeditated murder. According to the New York Times, he has been ordered to be held without bond and he has been placed on suicide watch. In addition to the 17 dead, which include both students and teachers, 14 others were wounded. Of those 14, at least five are fighting suffering life-threatening injuries, according to hospital officials.
“He’s sad. He’s mournful,” the suspected school shooter's public defender, Melisa McNeill, said according to the NYT. “He is fully aware of what is going on, and he’s just a broken human being.”
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