Florida High School Shooting: Students Predicted Nikolas Cruz Might Attack; FBI Was Warned

Nikolas Cruz
This video screen grab image shows shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Jail in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The heavily armed teenager who gunned down students and adults at a Florida high school was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, court documents showed. Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed fifteen people in a hail of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Two others died of their wounds later in hospital, the sheriff's office said. MIGUEL GUTTIEREZ/AFP/Getty Images

After being expelled from school for disciplinary reasons, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is the prime suspect of killing at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School located in Parkland, Florida. Although to date the victims are unknown, officials confirmed that twelve were inside the school facilities, two outside, one in a street near the school and two more lost their lives in the hospital.

The shooting, already cataloged as one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in the modern history of the United States, occurred in the afternoon hours, and according to the FBI the gunman has a digital profile with "very, very disturbing" content.

The officers found on Cruz's Instagram account a variety of publications related to weapons and violence, plus a series of threatening comments on videos on YouTube and other sites, that, as reported by CNN read: "I want to shoot people with my AR-15", "I want to die fighting by killing lots of people" and "I'm going to kill cops one day, they're chasing good people." Currently, the account is under investigation by the FBI and will be terminated.

Nikolas Cruz Publications related to weapons and violence found in Cruz's Instagram account. Screen Capture

Nikolas Cruz Publications related to weapons and violence found in Cruz's Instagram account. Screen Capture

Nikolas Cruz Publications related to weapons and violence found in Cruz's Instagram account. Screen Capture

Nikolas Cruz Publications related to weapons and violence found in Cruz's Instagram account. Screen Capture

Nikolas Cruz Publications related to weapons and violence found in Cruz's Instagram account. Screen Capture

CNN reported that the FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user. "Im going to be a professional school shooter," read the comment, left by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz. The comment was found by YouTube video blogger, Ben Bennight, 36, on a video he'd posted. FBI Special Agent in Charge, Robert Lasky, addressed the comment left on YouTube during a press conference on Thursday morning, informing that nothing else was found.

Nearly five months later, Cruz attacked with a gun style AR-15 caliber .223, and reportedly he was wearing a bulletproof vest. "When I was in the Army I used an M-4. It uses a 5.56 mm round. The M-4 and the AR -15 are the same weapon with some variations. The victims in the Parkland Florida shooting were fired on with the same weapon the military uses in combat. Why in the hell are they on our streets ?" tweeted Jacob Gil.

WARNING: The video below contains graphic content and shows one of the many moments students were hiding inside their classrooms.

Aidan Minoff, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, took Twitter during the shooting to inform that he was locked inside the school. "Still locked in. I checked the local news and there is 20 victims. Long live Majory Stoneman Douglas High," he wrote.

Hours later Minoff wrote: "My brother and I are with our parents safely in the car. Thank you everyone, I appreciate the messages but we need healing. God bless, America. We will never forget 2/14/18."

“We did everything we were trained to do in active shooter drills, and still we had mass casualties. I blame our government for not keeping us safe,” said a teacher who had to hide 19 kids in a closet in her classroom. Alexa Miednik, a Senior student said she believes there was a second shooter involved. 

The suspect was found outside the campus, after leaving school, captured and admitted to the hospital to later be discharged. He is currently in custody and according to the officers is talking to the uniformed. In a press conference, Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz "has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder." 

Nikolas Cruz In this handout provided by Broward's Sheriff's Office, suspect Nikolas Cruz poses for a mugshot photo after being arrested February 14, 2017 in Parkland, Florida. 17 people were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, police arrested the suspect after a short manhunt, and have identified him as 19 year old former student Nikolas Cruz. Broward's Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

Even though it’s only February, 18 shootings have happened so far in 2018 in the United States. Florida Governor Rick Scott said “we want to make sure this never happens again,” in the press conference. Scoot added he will have a “real conversation” on school safety next week.

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.