Police looking into Florida shooting suspect's 'very disturbing' social media posts

Police looking into Florida shooting suspect's 'very disturbing' social media posts
From CBC - February 15, 2018

The 19-year-old former student accusedof the Wednesdayshooting at a Florida high schoolposted disturbing material on social media before at least 17 people were killed and 14 were sent to hospital, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said NikolasCruzhad been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland for "disciplinary reasons."

"I do not know the specifics," the sheriff said.

Cruz was taken into custody shortly after the shooting. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, ordered held without bond and booked into jail on Thursday morning.

Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old student, said Cruz was expelled last school year after a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. She said Cruz had been abusive to his girlfriend.

School officials said Cruz was attending another school in Broward County after his expulsion.Students who knew him described a volatile teenager whose strange behaviour had caused others to end friendships with him.

Cruz's mother Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov. 1, neighbours, friends and family members said, according to the Sun Sentinel newspaper. Cruz and her husband, who died of a heart attack several years ago, adopted Nikolas and his biological brother, Zachary, after the couple moved from Long Island in New York to Broward County.

'He started progressively getting a little more weird.' - Dakota Mutchler, student

The boys were left in the care of a family friend after their mother died, family member Barbara Kumbatovich, of Long Island, said.

Unhappy there, Nikolas Cruz asked to move in with a friend's family in northwest Broward. The family agreed and Cruz moved in around Thanksgiving. According to the family's lawyer, who did not identify them, they knew that Cruz owned an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, but made him keep it locked up in a cabinet. He did have the key, however.

Jim Lewis said the family is devastated and did not see this coming. They are co-operating with authorities, he said.

Mental-health treatment

Broward County Mayor Beam Furr said during an interview with CNN that the shooter was getting treatment at a mental health clinic for a while, but that he had not been back to the clinic for more than a year.

"It was not like there was not concern for him," Furr said.

"We try to keep our eyes out on those kids who are not connected... Most teachers try to steer them toward some kind of connections," Furr said. "In this case, we did not find a way to connect with this kid."

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