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
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.