The gunman who barged into his former high school in Florida and killed “numerous” people Wednesday was a “troubled kid” who used to brag about shooting guns, according to one of his former classmates.
“He’s always been a troubled kid and he’s always had a certain amount of issues going on,” the ex-classmate, who did not give his name, told WSVN-TV. “I stayed clear of him…I didn’t want to be with him because that’s the impression he gave off.”
The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Nicolas Cruz by federal officials, was taken into custody without incident after the horrific shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Chaos erupted in the small Florida town as the shooter was on the lam for at least 30 minutes after the first shots rang out.
Jim Gard, a math teacher at the high school, told the Miami Herald that the teen gunman was in his class last year and the school had received warnings about him.
“He’s always been a troubled kid,” the gunman’s former classmate said.
“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” Gard said. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
Cruz’ former classmate described how the disturbed teen would frequently joke about staging an attack during the three years they attended the high school together.
“He played around with this joke all the time, like he knows the layout of the school, he can actually go ahead and pinpoint where all the students would be,” he said. “It surprises me that this is going on today but it doesn’t shock me that it’s him.”
Source: New York Daily News