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Parkland Shooting Suspect Allegedly Attacks Jail Guard

Nikolas Cruz hit with more charges

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing 17 people at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February allegedly attacked a guard in jail Tuesday night. It started when Nikolas Cruz, 20, was asked by a sergeant to stop dragging his sandals while walking around a dayroom, WSVN reports; Cruz... More »

Nikolas Cruz Punches Himself in Face Repeatedly in Video

And mimics shooting himself

(Newser) - A demon voice told him to "burn, kill, destroy," or so claims Nikolas Cruz in an interrogation video in which Cruz is said to have confessed to fatally shooting 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In the heavily redacted video released Wednesday, Cruz... More »

Nikolas Cruz Bought Guns to Battle 'Demons' in His Head

A newly released transcript shows what alleged Parkland shooter told officers

(Newser) - A newly released transcript shows Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told detectives he bought the gun used in the Parkland attack a year or two earlier because he was afraid of demons and voices in his head. Prosecutors released a redacted transcript of Cruz's post-shooting statement Monday afternoon.... More »

Parkland Monitors Who Didn't Call for 'Code Red' Reassigned

The coaches are facing withering criticism of their actions on the day of the shooting

(Newser) - Two coaches who served as unarmed security monitors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Fla., have been reassigned after controversial reports of their behavior on the day of the shooting, reports USA Today . Baseball coach Andrew Medina told investigators that before the Feb. 14 shooting that took 17... More »

'You're All Going to Die,' Cruz Laughs in Chilling Video

He discusses shooting plan, motives in 3 videos out Wednesday

(Newser) - "Hello. My name is Nik and I'm going to be the next school shooter of 2018." So begins one of three short cellphone videos recorded by Nikolas Cruz at some point before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb.... More »

Cops: Ga. Sniper Thought Parkland Shooter Was a 'Hero'

Gunman Rex Harbour reportedly died from self-inflicted gunshot wound; 3 injured in shooting spree

(Newser) - Just before noon on Friday, the first of several 911 calls came in about cars being hit by gunfire along Georgia's Highway 365. By the time the chaos ended, seven cars had been shot, three people were injured, and the 26-year-old sniper suspect was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot... More »

Parkland Shooter's Brother Arrested Again

Zachary Cruz was driving without a license near a Florida school: cops

(Newser) - The brother of confessed Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz is back in jail a month after he received six months of probation for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested Tuesday after a sheriff's deputy found him driving about 25 feet from a parking lot... More »

Parkland Suspect May Have Surprising Financial Status

Nikolas Cruz's potential inheritance is discussed in a court hearing

(Newser) - The man accused of massacring 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School may have a small fortune coming to him from his late mother's estate. But Nikolas Cruz says he doesn't want it. "He would like that money donated to an organization that the victims' families believe... More »

Fan Mail Pours In for Nikolas Cruz

Women reportedly sending love letters, photos, money

(Newser) - Nikolas Cruz's brother wanted to start a fan club for the Parkland shooting suspect, but it looks like someone beat him to it. Stacks of fan mail, including love letters and suggestive photographs, have been arriving for Cruz at the Broward County Jail, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel... More »

Prosecutor Says Cruz's Brother Has 'All the Same Flags'

Cops are trying to block him from possessing a gun

(Newser) - A Florida state law passed in the wake of the Parkland school shooting could be used to keep the suspected shooter's brother from getting his hands on a gun. Zachary Cruz, the 18-year-old brother of Nikolas Cruz, was arrested on trespassing charges Monday after he was seen skateboarding at... More »

Parkland Shooter's Brother Arrested at High School

Zachary Cruz told cops he was there to reflect

(Newser) - The younger brother of Nikolas Cruz has been arrested for riding his skateboard across the campus where his brother killed 17 students and staff. Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested and booked into jail Monday night for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he is a former student, USA ... More »

Disgraced Officer Pushed for Cruz Psych Eval in 2016

Scot Peterson recommended Nikolas Cruz be forcibly committed in 2016

(Newser) - Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon. A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Cruz... More »

Prosecutors Will Seek Death for Nikolas Cruz

It's still possible a plea deal could be reached

(Newser) - Florida prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in the fatal shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice Tuesday. The 19-year-old Cruz is scheduled for formal... More »

Inside the Disturbing Psychiatric File of the Parkland Shooter

He told therapist about dream of being covered in blood, 'perfect summer' of guns and shooting

(Newser) - The Miami Herald has obtained Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz's school psychiatric file, and it contains disturbing details of his talks with mental health professionals. Nikolas Cruz, who has admitted to gunning down 17 at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, attended an alternative school before being... More »

Future of Florida Shooter's Big Trust Fund in Judge's Hands

Nikolas Cruz reportedly due $800K inheritance

(Newser) - The 19-year-old man suspected of killing 17 people at a Florida high school last week is reportedly poised to inherit $800,000 being kept in a trust fund when he turns 22. At least that's what Nikolas Cruz told the family he was living with after his mother died... More »

After School Shootings, Russian Bots Hijacked Gun Debate

'The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans'

(Newser) - For Russia-linked Twitter accounts and bots linked to Russian propaganda campaigns, last week's horrific school shooting in Florida was just another opportunity to sow division among Americans, security researchers say. Within an hour of the shooting, hundreds of automated Twitter accounts with suspected Russian links began sending out tweets... More »

Minutes Before Shooting, Suspect Texted a Friend

Nikolas Cruz said he was going to the movies

(Newser) - The Florida couple allowing Nikolas Cruz to live with them has revealed a chilling text he sent to their son just a few minutes before the shooting rampage at a Florida high school last week. "He told my son he's going to the movies," James Snead tells... More »

Video of Cruz Fighting at School Surfaces

Teachers say they tried hard to help him

(Newser) - Former teachers say alleged school shooter Nikolas Cruz wasn't somebody who slipped through the cracks, he was somebody they worked hard to get help for. The teachers say that after behavioral problems in middle school and high school, they tried calling social workers, holding parent conferences, and sending him... More »

Florida Shooting Suspect's Fate Remains Up in the Air

Prosecutors have not yet said if they'll pursue the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz

(Newser) - The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the main question revolving around the trial of Nikolas Cruz might be whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison. The fate of 19-year-old Cruz, who faces 17 counts of first-degree... More »

We Shouldn't Let Young Men Own Semiautomatic Rifles

Columnist Ross Douthat thinks the right to own certain weapons should be phased in with age

(Newser) - Conservative columnist Ross Douthat supports the right of individuals to own weapons, but last week's massacre in Florida has him floating a specific compromise on gun control. In a New York Times op-ed, Douthat suggests limiting the rights of young people to own semiautomatic rifles such as the AR-15.... More »

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