School shoot­ing sus­pect ‘was po­ten­tial threat’

The Observer - - NEWS | WORLD -

THE Flor­ida school shoot­ing sus­pect re­ferred to him­self as the “an­ni­hi­la­tor” and had been flagged as a po­ten­tial threat be­fore the mas­sacre.

Ac­cused gun­man Niko­las de Je­sus Cruz, 19, was a for­mer stu­dent at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Park­land, Flor­ida, US, where he al­legedly re­turned and opened fire on stu­dents and teach­ers on Wed­nes­day.

At least 17 peo­ple were killed and up to 50 in­jured in the shoot­ing, which saw ter­ri­fied teach­ers and stu­dents hid­ing in cup­boards and un­der desks as they texted for help. Fire Chief Dan Booker told the Mi­ami Her­ald the death toll was ex­pected to climb.

A for­mer maths teacher, Jim Gard, said Cruz had been pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied as a se­cu­rity threat and had been in­formed last year that he wouldn’t be al­lowed on cam­pus with a back­pack.

“We were told last year that he wasn’t al­lowed on cam­pus with a back­pack on him,” Mr Gard said. “There were prob­lems with him last year threat­en­ing stu­dents, and I guess he was asked to leave cam­pus.”

The sher­iff said they have be­gun to dis­sect his web­sites and so­cial me­dia and “some of the things ... are very, very dis­turb­ing.”

One stu­dent said: “Ev­ery­thing he posts is about weapons. It’s sick”.

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