PARKLAND, Fla. —
A federal official has identified the Florida school shooting suspect as Nicolas Cruz, an 18-year-old former student, according to the Associated Press. Here’s what we know about Cruz.
According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Cruz was arrested without incident after he was located off the school grounds in a nearby community. He didn’t give details of when Cruz had attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but did say that Cruz was not currently enrolled.
After Cruz was apprehended, he was taken from the scene in an ambulance.
Cruz was the subject of jokes from other kids, according to a student at the school. A student told WFOR-TV that other students “knew it was going to be him.”
“A lot of people were saying it was going to be him. A lot of kids threw jokes around saying that he was going to be the one to shoot up the school,” the student said. “It turns out that everyone predicted it. That’s crazy.”
Seventeen-year-old junior Matthew Walker spoke to ABC News, saying Cruz was known to show off knives and guns on his social media accounts.
“He was going class to class just shooting at random kids,” he said. “Everything he posts [on social media] is about weapons. It’s sick.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.