Haunting Video Of Alleged Mass Shooter Nikolas Cruz Released
The videos, released by prosecutors, reveal suspect Nikolas Cruz's plan to "be the next school shooter of 2018".
What you need to know
- Prosecutors have released chilling video of the teenager accused of carrying out a massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14
- In three videos, Nikolas Cruz, a former student, is shown telling of his plan to "be the next school shooter of 2018"
- The suspect is on trial, charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder
Haunting video of Nikolas Cruz, the teenager accused of carrying out a massacre at a Florida high school, has been released, revealing his plan to “be the next school shooter of 2018”.
The three videos were found by prosecutors on the suspect’s mobile phone following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, that killed 17 people and injured 17 others.
The mobile phone was taken in as evidence after the massacre.
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Wearing a baseball cap, the former student introduces himself in the first video, saying “I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018”.
“My goal is at least 20 people with an AR-15 and a couple of tracer rounds. I think I can do it, get it done.”
A second video shows Cruz detailing chilling logistics, whereby he would take an Uber to the school campus, “go up some stairs, unload my bags and get my AR and shoot people down the main courtyard”.
“I’ll wait and people will die”.
While the videos are undated, in a third one, the suspect can be heard saying, “Today is the day. Today it all begins. The day of my massacre shall begin".
Cruz goes onto describe himself as being alone and living a “meaningless” life.
“With the power of my AR, you will all know who I am," he is heard saying.
Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, with his lawyers repeatedly saying he would plead guilty if guaranteed a sentence of life without parole.
Under Florida law, evidence becomes public record when it is turned over to the defendant's lawyers.
Cruz’s lawyers said they did not request evidence such as video from inside the building where the massacre happened so as not to “further hurt and inflame the victims’ families and the community”.
“This is an awful case and today is more of that awfulness and further shows how severely broken a human being the defendant is,” Broward County Public Defender Howard Finklestein, whose office is representing Cruz, said in a statement on Wednesday (local time).
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