Accused Parkland shooter recorded videos detailing plans: report
The former student who has admitted to shooting and killing 17 people in February’s attack at a Parkland, Fla., high school recorded cellphone videos prior to the attack, stating his plans to kill at least 20 people.
The Orlando Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday that the 19-year-old student recorded three cellphone videos detailing his plans for the attack.
“I’m gonna go take Uber in the afternoon before 2:40 (p.m.). From there I’ll go into — onto school campus, walk up the stairs, unload my bags and get my AR and shoot people down at the man — what is it? — the main courtyard, wait, and people will die,” Cruz says in the transcripts obtained by CNN.
Investigators reportedly found the videos on Cruz’s phone after the attack. In the three videos, Cruz declares himself “the next school shooter of 2018” and taunts his intended victims.
“Hello, my name is Nick and I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018,” he says in one video. “It’s going to be a big event. And when you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am.”
“Today is the day. The day it all begin. The day of my massacre shall begin. All the kids in school will run and fear and hide. From the wrath of my power they will know who I am,” he says in another video.
Seventeen people were killed in the February rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which ended after the shooter escaped school grounds before being apprehended by police.
Subsequent reports have found that FBI agents and local law enforcement were warned that Cruz posed a danger. Warnings included YouTube comments made by the shooter stating his intention to commit a shooting that were not successfully investigated by officials.
The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has confessed to the shooting and been formally indicted on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree for the attack.
Prosecutors have announced their intention to seek the death penalty.