It does’t get much worse than what this shooter did, especially on a day of love and kindness.
The tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, has left at least 17 innocent people dead. The horrible incident has stunned the town and much of the nation as investigators race around to find the possible motive behind the bloodbath. So far the suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.
Nikolas Cruz was a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz had previously been expelled for disciplinary reasons, as confirmed by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. It is reported that Cruz was wearing a gas mask and possibly was carrying smoke bombs during his rampage.
“I’m saddened to say that 17 people lost their lives.”- Sheriff Scott Israel #stonemanshooting
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Out of the 17 people who lost their lives that day, 12 of them died in the school, two killed outside, one was killed on the street, and two passed away at the hospital. In total 15 people were transported to the hospital. The suspect carried an AR-15 rifle and had “countless magazines,” the sheriff explained.
Alleged photos of the suspected Florida high school shooter make reference to various ideologies including communism and perhaps ISIS, and voter records suggest 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz was a Democratic voter.
Additionally, the shooter’s garb is very similar to the style worn by ISIS fighters in Syria.
Parkland Killer, Nicolas Cruz, was a known security threat & was not allowed to carry a backpack to school last year. Also belonged to Middle East Resistance groups on social media. A) How did he get in being a known-threat? B) Was this terror-related?
— PolitiDiva™ (@realPolitiDiva) February 14, 2018
The Instagram account was taken down soon after the suspect was arrested.
The shooter was also suspected of having planted bombs, according to the police scanner.
Internet sleuths have suggested the following screenshot reveal Cruz may have had an anti-Islam slant back in 2015, but interestingly, there’s also a 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz who’s listed as a Democratic voter in Oakland Park, Florida, which may be the suspect (address blurred out to protect the innocent otherwise):
And another alleged photo of the suspect shows communist garb:
This screenshot, found on a Japanese cartoon image board, was apparently taken right after the suspect was apprehended – and right before Instagram nixed the account:
It’s possible the suspect is simply mentally disturbed and latched onto various ideologies to fill a sense of emptiness.
Editors Note: It is important to note that this evidence has been complied by citizen journalists and is yet to be vetted by law enforcement. This is still speculation at this point.