The 19-year-old who killed 17 and injured more than a dozen in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday did not speak in court today, other than to confirm his name with a polite ‘yes ma’am’ to the judge.
Police arrived at the scene to find hundreds of students fleeing the school. They later learned the shooter had concealed himself in the crowd and was among those running off the campus.
Cruz was arrested shortly after the shooting Valentine’s Day afternoon, and was initially taken to the hospital to be treated for ‘labored breathing’.
He was soon released to the police who spent most of the night questioning Cruz, trying to make sense of the horrific school shooting – now the third deadliest in American history.
Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School painted the picture of a weird and disturbed teen who sold knives out of a lunchbox, bragged about killing animals and was finally kicked out of school for fighting and carrying bullets in his backpack.
Authorities offered no immediate details about Cruz or his possible motive, except to say that he had been kicked out of the high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which
His fellow students said he was kicked out of school because he got into a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend and because he was caught with bullets in his backpack. Another student said that part of the reason Cruz was expelled was that he was caught carrying bullets in his backpack.
Cruz suffered a major blow in November when his adoptive mother Lynda Cruz, 68, died of pneumonia. Lynda was apparently the only person Cruz was close with.
Seventeen people were killed and more than a dozen injured. Twelve of the people shot dead were found dead inside the school building, two more were killed just outside the school and another in a nearby street. Two other people died later after being rushed to hospital.