(Parkland, FL) – Video of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting suspect’s confession is now public. Police released hours of video from Nikolas Cruz’s interrogation following the mass shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School back in February.
During questioning, the 19-year-old claimed he was hearing voices that urged him to carry out the shooting.
The video also shows Cruz and his brother having a conversation about how their mother would feel about his actions. Transcripts from the interrogation were released earlier this week.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – A tentative timeline is set for the trial of the accused Parkland school shooter. Nikolas Cruz faces a possible death sentence for the killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
A Broward County judge today proposed a September 2019 start date for Cruz’s trial of Nikolas Cruz. The judge also heard arguments on whether statements Cruz made to detectives following his arrest should be made public.
The teen’s lawyers say releasing the statements would taint a potential jury pool.
(Gainesville, GA) – A man accused of shooting at vehicles on a Georgia highway wrote that he idolized the suspect in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Authorities Saturday identified the sniper as Rex Harbour, who went on a shooting spree Friday that injured three people.
Harbour set himself on the side of Georgia Highway 365 outside of Atlanta and started shooting at passing vehicles. He later killed himself following a short car chase with state troopers. Authorities say he had a small arsenal of at least five guns and more than three-thousand rounds of ammunition.
A motive has yet to be determined.
(Parkland, FL) – The brother of Florida high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is under arrest again. Zachary Cruz was booked into Palm Beach County jail Tuesday for violating the terms of his probation.
The 18-year-old was given six months of probation for trespassing at the school where police say his brother killed 17 people back in February. He was also ordered to stay away from any schools, but over the weekend police say he was caught within 25 feet of a parking lot of a high school.
He was also driving without a valid license.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – Accused Parkland, Florida mass murderer Nikolas Cruz is getting a lot of fan mail at the Broward County Jail. Some of it includes love letters complete with suggestive pictures.
Facebook communities have also popped up for people to talk about how they can help the man accused of gunning down 17 people February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz has reportedly received at least 800-dollars for his prison commissary account.
A few of the notes are religious in nature with concern for Cruz’s soul. Cruz hasn’t seen any of the sexually-charged photos as it is against jail policy.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — The brother of the accused Parkland, Florida high school shooter is due back in court today. Zachary Cruz was arrested on March 19th for trespassing after Broward County Sheriff’s deputies found him skateboarding on the same campus where Nikolas Cruz is accused of murdering 17 people.
Zachary’s attorney will be seeking to reduce his bond, which was increased from the original 25-dollars to 500-thousand-dollars. If convicted of trespassing, Cruz faces up to 60 days in jail and a fine of 500-dollars.
Meanwhile Nikolas, reportedly, is getting a lot of fan mail at the Broward County Jail. Some of it includes love letters complete with suggestive pictures. Facebook communities have also popped up for people to talk about how they can help the man accused of gunning down 17 people
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – The Broward County, Florida Sheriff’s Office is trying to keep the brother of accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz, from having access to weapons.
Zachary Cruz is in jail for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. By issuing a “Red Flag” risk protection order, deputies hope to take any weapons he may have, and keep him from getting any more of them.
The Red Flag provision, is part of the recently enacted Florida school safety bill, which gives law enforcement the power to temporarily seize weapons from suspects who have been taken into custody for an involuntary mental health assessment.
(Palm Beach County, FL) – Police officers are guarding the home of the Florida deputy who took a position near the scene of the massacre at a Parkland high school last week but never went in. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resource officer Scott Peterson resigned yesterday after surveillance video surfaced showing the deputy waiting outside the school instead of taking action to confront the shooter.
Members of the press tried to engage Peterson at his home yesterday but were turned away by several Palm Beach County police officers. The shooter opened fire with an AR-15 rifle killing 17 people and wounding several others. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says Peterson was outside the building for roughly four minutes while the shooting in total lasted around six minutes. Israel said the officer never fired his weapon.
The “New York Times” reported that in February of 2016, the sheriff’s office received information that the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was planning to “shoot up the school.” That information was then forwarded to Peterson who was working at the school at that time.
(Washington, DC) – A new report says some White House staff thought they got a reprieve from last week’s deadly school shooting. The “Washington Post” cited an anonymous White House official as saying it was a distraction after several straight days of bad news for the Trump Administration.
The official reportedly said a similar period of calm came after the Las Vegas shooting on October 1st. According to the “Post,” the official added, quote, “sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we’ll be back through the chaos.”
Seventeen people died in the shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooting has led to calls for gun reform.
(Parkland, FL) – Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for the FBI Director’s head, after a tip about alleged Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz was overlooked. In a statement today, FBI Director Chris Wray said someone called an FBI hotline on January 5th, warning about Cruz’ troubling behavior.The statement said the caller provided “information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” Republican Governor Scott says, “Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it…The FBI Director needs to resign.”
In related news, hundreds of people are voicing their outrage about school shootings outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. There was a protest/vigil heldto honor the 17 people killed in the Florida high school shooting, as well as to blame the NRA for stopping gun control legislation.
Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly of Virginia said “The NRA has blood on its hands” adding that “they kill our children.” The NRA has been silent since the shooting in Parkland on Wednesday.