Suspected Gunman in Florida Shooting Identified as Nikolas Cruz, An Expelled Former Student

The authorities have named the suspect in the school shooting in Florida as Nikolas Cruz, a former student who is 19 years old.

Scott Israel, the Broward County Sheriff, informed reporters that Cruz had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because of disciplinary reasons.

Israel stated: “We have already begun to dissect his websites and some of the social media he was on.” He said that some of the content on his accounts were “very disturbing.”

At least 17 people were killed after the gunman opened fire from outside and within the school. He was carrying a type of semiautomatic rifle, an AR-15, and numerous magazines.

Israel said that Cruz was able to be arrested “without incident” off-campus approximately an hour following the shooting.

A former teacher informed the Miami Herald that he believed that Cruz was already on the radar of the school.

Jim Gard, a math teacher, informed the Herald: “We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him. There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

However, Robert Runcie, the Broward County Public Schools superintendent, informed reporters that there were no red flags that were giving the authorities a reason to be on guard.

Runcie stated: “We didn’t have any warnings. There weren’t any phone calls or threats that were made“.