Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, also known as Nick or Nikolas Cruz on social media, has been identified as the suspect in the Florida high school shooting that left at least seven people dead and at least 14 people wounded. The motive for the shooting isn’t yet known. These are photos of the subject, including photos of his arrest earlier today and photos from his social media Instagram account.
Before the suspect’s name was released, photos emerged showing his arrest at a home near the high school campus.
Initial reports of the shooting ranged from 20 to 50 injured. Parents were told to stay away from the school, but to meet at a nearby Marriott hotel instead as they waited for news about their children.
Cruz is a former student. Video of his arrest showed him being led out of the nearby home and into a Sheriff’s Office vehicle. He had fled the scene and hidden in the home nearby. He was taken into custody around 4 p.m., and the shooting was first reported at 2:30 p.m. It’s possible that he was able to escape because he fled with a crowd of panicked students.
A later photo surfaced that indicated he may have been taken to the hospital. It’s not clear if he was actually wounded or just taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Cruz had posted numerous photos on his Instagram account showing him with guns and knives in 2015 and 2016, talking about shooting being therapy for him. The account was later deleted. He had been reported for making threats to students in the past, according to the Miami Herald. Jim Gard, a math teacher, said that they had been told he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack, because there had been problems with him thr
Police has received tips that he may have been watching YouTube videos about making bombs, police scanner transmissions indicated.
The Broward superintendent, Supt Runcie, said there were “numerous fatalities” and the situation was horrific. He said that this might be the deadliest mass shooting in Broward’s school history.
Learn more about the suspect in Heavy’s story below.