Tuesday 19 June 2018

Suspect (19) in Florida shooting held on 17 counts of premeditated murder

Nikolas Cruz appears in a police booking photo after being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following a Parkland school shooting, at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018.
Nikolas Cruz appears in a police booking photo after being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following a Parkland school shooting, at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The 19-year-old suspect in the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school is being held on 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Nikolas Crus is being booked into jail after being questioned for hours by state and US federal authorities.

Television footage showed Cruz being escorted by sheriff's deputies from the Broward Sheriff's headquarters to the county jail in Fort Lauderdale early on Thursday morning.

Seventeen people were killed as gunfire erupted at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School just before classes ended on Wednesday afternoon.

Cruz was captured in a quiet neighbourhood about two miles from the school. Sheriff's officials said in an email that Cruz was initially taken to a hospital for laboured breathing before being questioned at sheriff's headquarters.

President Donald Trump tweeted: "So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!"

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