Prosecutors have now released a series of videos made by the shooting suspect ahead of his massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The harrowing incident happened just over three months ago, on February 14, 2018 – a date that will be remembered forever by those in the community and those around the nation.
“Hello, my name is Nik, and I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018,” the 19-year-old suspect said at the beginning of one of three videos released by prosecutors. In another, he said he was tired of being told what to do and said everyone was being “brainwashed by governmental programs.” He repeatedly said that everyone would soon know his name and that he would show them using the “power of his AR.”
In one of the videos, the shooter details his plan: he says he will call an Uber to get to the school, head up one of the stairways and will begin to fire upon those students in the courtyard.
Here’s more, per NBC News:
Confessed Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz said in cell phone video recorded before the Feb. 14 massacre that “I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018,” according to footage released by prosecutors on Wednesday.
Prosecutors released three cell phone videos in response to public records requests filed by media organizations, including NBC News. They show Cruz, 19, talking about his plans to carry out the attack. He is accused of opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people.
And, via Fox News:
The suspect, who laid out his “plan” for the massacre in one of his videos, was heard saying that when people see him “on the news, you’ll all know who I am,” before laughing. “You’re all going to die. Pew pew pew pew pew. Ah yeah, can’t wait.”
One of the videos, seemingly pointed at the ground, included Cruz talking about his loneliness, anger and hatred, and announced that the “day of my massacre shall begin.”
Here’s even more from the videos, per BuzzFeed News:
“All the kids in school will run in fear and hide. In the wrath of my power they will know who I am,” he says with the camera trained on dirt and concrete. “I am nothing. I am no one.”
Emotionless, he describes his “meaningless,” “lone” life of “seclusion and solitude” and that he hates “everyone and everything.” He also addresses his classmates, calling them “stupid.”
“I had enough being told what to do and when to do. I had enough of being told I am an idiot and a dumbass when in real life you’re all the dumbass,” he adds. “You are all stupid and brainwashed by the political government programs. You will all see. You will all know what my name is.”
As BuzzFeed News also reports, Cruz “faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder… He has a history of mental health issues and violent, erratic behavior, which have been documented in numerous police and school therapy reports.”
According to the NBC News report, Cruz has confessed to the shooting and his legal defense team is looking to use a guilty plea in exchange for a lifetime imprisonment. Prosecutors, however, are looking to have Cruz face the death penalty for his actions.
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