Valen­tine’s Day mas­sacre

A still from the in­ter­ro­ga­tion footage of Niko­las Cruz shows the mur­derer and former pupil of Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School, mim­ing a pis­tol to his tem­ple

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Niko­las Cruz had just com­mit­ted a ter­ri­ble crime at his former high school in Park­land, Florida. After film­ing a se­ries of chill­ing threats on his cam­era phone, Cruz went to the school in­tent on shoot­ing as many stu­dents and staff mem­bers as pos­si­ble.

Au­thor­i­ties had been tipped off sev­eral times be­fore he fi­nally acted. Un­for­tu­nately the au­thor­i­ties didn’t act. Us­ing a Smith & Wes­son M& P15 Sport semi- au­to­matic ri­fle ( the same type used by James Holmes in 2012’ s Aurora cin­ema mas­sacre), he ar­rived at the school, strode into the build­ing and opened fire.

Cruz, whose his­tory of psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional prob­lems had seen him trans­ferred be­tween sev­eral dif­fer­ent schools in the pre­vi­ous few years, was ex­pelled from the Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas school in 2017 for threat­en­ing other stu­dents. Prior to his ex­pul­sion, staff were so con­cerned about his threats that he’d been banned from bring­ing a back­pack to school.

While un­der in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Cruz made pis­tols signs at his own head, re­peat­edly punched him­self in the face and then con­fessed. Later in­dicted on 17 counts of mur­der and a fur­ther 17 of at­tempted mur­der, Broward County prose­cu­tors have stated they will be seek­ing the death penalty.

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