US Official Identifies Nikolas Cruz as Florida Shooter

UPDATE [2/14/18, 7:57 p.m. EST]:

Broward County sheriff clarified the shooter’s name is spelled “Nikolas”:

UPDATE [2/14/18, 6:40 p.m. EST]:

Sheriff Israel confirmed the shooter’s age and said he used an AR-15 firearm with multiple magazines. He reported that Cruz was a former student of the high school and got expelled for disciplinary reasons.

Israel said he didn’t think Cruz had significant injuries, and he said he thought his first name was spelled “Nikolas.”

Original Story:

Authorities identified Nikolas Cruz as the shooter behind Wednesday’s Valentine’s Day massacre at a Florida high school:

Cruz allegedly opened fire on students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. At least 17 people died, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

The Miami Herald reported Cruz is 19 years old. Math teacher Jim Gard — who had Cruz in his class last year — said “there were problems with him last year threatening students.”

Gard recalled hearing last year that Cruz wasn’t allowed to bring a backpack on campus.

A former classmate described the suspect as “troubled”:

“He’s always had a certain amount of issues going on. He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling,” the unidentified student said.

The student said his former classmate would show him his guns on his phone. He said they both attended an alternative school, and that he wasn’t surprised to hear his former classmate was the one behind the shooting.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

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