Nikolas Cruz: An active shooter situation at a high school in South Florida resulted in the deaths of 17 people and raised questions about how the incident even took place. Nikolas Cruz, a former student who is suspected of carrying out the shooting, was arrested and brought into the Broward County Jail early on Thursday morning. He has been charged with 17 counts of murder with premeditation. A statement made by the Broward County Sheriff during a press conference stated that Cruz had legally acquired an AR-15. In 2017, the FBI was sent information regarding a statement that had been put on YouTube by a user who stated, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” The FBI at the time was unable to determine the identity of the person who had made the remark. It was Cruz, according to a blogger who posted a tip about it.
The name of Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been released as the first victim of the shooting. When he was wounded, the school’s football team tweeted, “He selflessly shielded students from the shooter.” He fought bravely till the end and will live on in our hearts and memories forever. Later on Thursday morning, officials announced that the shooting had claimed the lives of the high school’s athletic director as well as the campus monitor. There was an immediate lack of information regarding their identities.
During a press conference, Superintendent Robert Runcie stated, “Those two heroes gave their lives for our kids and probably helped prevent this from being a worse tragedy.” Runcie made these remarks in reference to the two individuals who had sacrificed their lives. FOX 13 was informed by Runcie. Around the time that classes were about to end on Wednesday, an Uber driver brought Cruz to her destination. The “1200 building,” which houses first-year students, was the entrance that he used to get into the school before he started shooting.
Runcie claimed that the sound of gunfire and smoke triggered the building’s fire alarm, and that Cruz then went on to enter the structure via the building’s other two stories. At some point during his attempt to flee the university, he threw away his weapon and disguised himself as a student in order to blend in. Zackary Walls and Colton Haab, two students in the JROTC, told FOX 13 News that they had been practicing formations until 2:20 p.m. and that they had made the decision to stop practicing with 20 minutes left in the school day.
Zachary offered an explanation, saying, “I am so happy that I made that decision because where we do formation is 40 feet from where the shooter was.” He stated that after hearing the fire alarm, he began directing children to the fire drill area, which was where the shooter was, but before they reached it, he heard gunshots. He believed that the shooter was in the fire drill area. “I just put two and two together and came up with gunshots and a fire drill. Zachary, who had received training on how to respond to active shooter situations from the local police department, stated, “And I was like, active shooter.” He then instructed the pupils to return to the classroom as quickly as possible. “We were standing there with 2x4s ready to fight if we needed to,” he added. “We had no idea what was going to happen.”