Hours after the gunman opened fire on students and staff near the end of the day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, details began to emerge about the former student behind one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern United States history.
A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has killed 17 people, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Wednesday evening. "He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling", the unidentified student said.
He also says the Federal Bureau of Investigation has stepped in and will begin processing what he describes as "horrific scene".
"Seventeen people were killed when a 19-year-old former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida High School, " Sheriff Scott Israel sheriff said, calling the scene "horrific.".
"It's catastrophic", he said. There was no word on the extent of those injuries.
"We will pay for the funeral expenses of these poor victims", Bondi said.
Daniel Huerfano, a student who fled Wednesday's attack, said he recognized Cruz from an Instagram photo in which Cruz posed with a gun in front of his face.
"Honestly, all people were saying that it was going to be him. It turns out, everyone predicted it".
"Yeah, he was on the third floor". "He knows the layout of the school, he's been in the [shooting] drills multiple times, he knows where to go". He knows where everyone would be at as of right now. "He's prepared for this.stuff", a student said.
Officers arrested the suspected shooter around 4 p.m., in a community near the school located at 11735 NW 47th Drive.
The school was placed on lockdown for a few hours after the call which came in around 2 p.m., but students were trickling out slowly, many with their hands up and tears in their eyes.
A Snapchat video uploaded to YouTube shows frightened students sheltering under tables as a number of gunshots are fired in the classroom.
The violence erupted shortly before dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami. As for where the suspected gunman might have gotten the weapons, Nelson said "I have no idea".