'We just didn't know,' say family who took in Florida shooting suspect

Florida School Shooter Apparently Tried To Hide Among Fleeing Students To Escape The Scene

People who live on same street as Cruz said he alarmed them by shooting squirrels and rabbits in the neighbourhood as well as chickens being raised in a nearby backyard.

Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands were met.

But they had no idea, James Snead said on Sunday (Feb 18), about the depth of Cruz's troubles until the catastrophic rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

On Wednesday afternoon, James Snead said, after he had learned about the shooting from his son, a SWAT officer called him to ask about Cruz's whereabouts.

Snead and his wife Kimberly, let Cruz who is a friend of their son, move in their house after his mother passed away in November, CBS News noted.

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A "person close to Nikolas Cruz" contacted the FBI's public access tipline on January 5 to "report concerns about him", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Students who knew Cruz described him as a volatile teenager whose odd behaviour had caused others to end friendships with him. Cruz had once told him he had used a pellet gun in his backyard for target practice, he said.

Cruz legally bought his AR-15 rifle in Florida about a year ago.

They said Cruz seemed depressed after his mother's death, but gave no warning signs that he would turn violent. "It's hard to process", said Stoneman Douglas High School Student William Pringle.

This video screen grab image shows shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Jail in Ft.

As for his homophobic comments, Cruz said he wanted to "shoot [gays] in the back of head". Briefed by federal law enforcement officials, Florida's two U.S. senators said that Cruz was wearing a gas mask as he entered the school.

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Cruz told investigators he shot students in the hallways and on the grounds of the school.

According to police, Cruz confessed to the crime soon after being apprehended. But the Sneads claim Cruz seemed "normal" in the almost three months that he lived with them. "According to the New York Times, Rick Scott's own florida social services agency made a visit to Cruz's home after being alerted of disturbing social media posts". "Everything we hear now is not the Nik we knew", said James Snead.

Several speakers took to an elevated stage to pray for those who died, the injured who are recovering in the hospital and the first responders and school staff who worked valiantly to keep them safe.

The Sneads said it appeared he had grown up without ever having to do common chores - he couldn't cook, do laundry, pick up after himself or even use a microwave.

"Henderson came out and assessed the (victim and) found him to be stable enough not to be hospitalized", the DCF report said.

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