Donald Trump: Florida Shooter ‘Mentally Disturbed’

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Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has waded into the aftermath of the shooting at a school in Florida with a tweet. He suggested that Nikolas Cruz, the suspect, was “mentally disturbed,” moments after the man was charged.

Trump said in a Tweet: “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behaviour. Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

The man has been charged with the premeditated murder of at least 17 people at a school located in Florida.

Police say that the 19-year-old was behind the shooting that happened last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

14 other people were injured and were taken to hospital after the attack in which Cruz apparently targeted the school’s staff and students using an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

It was also reported that he had been equipped with smoke grenades, a gas mask, and a huge amount of extra ammunition.

It was said to be the deadliest school shooting in the nation since a gunman attacked an elementary school located in Newtown, Connecticut, over five years ago.

The tweet of Trump contrasted with the restrained tone of his earlier message of condolence to the victims.

On Wednesday, he tweeted: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

The social media posts of Cruz about knives and guns have been described by the police as “very disturbing.” He was arrested approximately two miles away from the school after he ran away from the scene of the massacre.

The authorities gave no immediate information about Cruz and his possible motives, except to reveal that he had been expelled from the Florida high school, which has around 3,000 students.

Students who knew Cruz described him as a volatile teenager whose strange behaviour had provoked others to end their friendships with him.

Early on Thursday, Cruz was booked into the Broward County Jail while he was still wearing the hospital gown that he was given after being treated for laboured breathing after his arrest.

Cruz was later questioned overnight prior to being taken to jail.