Nikolas Cruz Family: Full Story of Marjory Stoneman Gunman’s Life

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On Wednesday, February 14, 17-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, killing 17 people and injuring dozens more. Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 rifle he used in the shooting about a year ago.

Cruz was adopted by his mother, Lynda Cruz. More than three months ago, on November 1, Lynda Cruz died after battling the flu and pneumonia. According to CNN, Cruz’s father died over a decade ago due to a heart attack. Cruz’s cousin, Kathie Blaine, said she had last seen Lynda Cruz about 20 years ago and had never met Nikolas Cruz.

via CNN:

When asked who Cruz lived with since both of his adoptive parents had died, she said: “Nikolas was on his own. He is 19. He was an adult on his own. It’s really at this point, I don’t understand it any more than anyone else does. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe any of these school shootings. I never met him.”

Cruz had been living with a friend’s family since his mother died last year, Jim Lewis, a Ft. Lauderdale attorney who represents the family, told CNN affiliate WPEC.

Furthermore, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz’s digital profile contained what he called “very, very disturbing” content. He had a variety of gun and violence-related postings on social media sites.

Who Is Nikolas Cruz?

He is described as being 5″8″, with ginger, red hair and freckles. According to different reports, his surname is given as both “Cruise” or “Cruz.” Similarly, different accounts have given different spellings of Cruz’s first name: “Nicholas,” “Nikolas” and “Nicolas.” He is also believed to be 19 years of age.

At this time, it is believed that he is a former student of the school; some reports identified him as an “alternative” and “problematic” student. According to initial reports, he was seen covered by a gas mask, also wearing a black hat, pants and a dark brown shirt.

According to some reports, Cruz could be seen and heard “yelling, kicking and talking to himself” while in police custody. This had lead to speculation on social media that he had some form of mental illness.

Reportedly, Cruz could later be seen on a gurney while being transported to a local hospital, according to CBS News.

According to The Miami Herald, a teacher identified as Jim Gard, who said Cruz had been in his class last year, have the following statement:

“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him…There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

Superintendent Robert Runcie also gave the following statement according to the same publication:

“We received no warnings…Potentially there could have been signs out there. But we didn’t have any warning or phone calls or threats that were made.”


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Nicholas Cruz Updates

BREAKING: NOT CONFIRMED: Shooter identified as Nicholas Cruz. Described as a "troubled kid", and alternative school student, who often shot guns. Is said to be 20-years-old. #Parkland #SchoolShooting.

— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 14, 2018

Nicholas Cruz is the shooter that the Florida police are looking for. Description: 5"8' – Ginger – Freckles – Red Hair. You're going down, ginger.

— Maurice "Mo" Lester (@kc_real_talk) February 14, 2018

The police scanner just identified the suspect in the school shooting as Nicholas Cruise (or Cruz.) Ginger. Red hair. 5’8”. ROTC program. They’re getting a picture from students. Searching for him still.

— American Shane 🇺🇸 (@TheNostromo2122) February 14, 2018

Reports are saying that the Parkland shooter (Nicholas Cruz) is yelling, kicking and talking to himself.

Mental illness is at an all time high. It takes a sick person to shoot up a school on Valentines Day.

Prayers go out to all the victims and their families.

— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 14, 2018

BREAKING: police in Broward County FL have detained Nicholas Cruz.

He is the shooter at #MarjoryStonemanDouglas.

Police say he was looking up how to make bombs in a YouTube chat room last night and there may be 2 BOMBS ON CAMPUS!

So far 20-50 victims reported.

— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) February 14, 2018

According to police scanner the #Broward county shooting scene is still active and the suspect is not in custody. They are shutting down area. Police are looking for a white male named Nicholas Cruz. pic.twitter.com/CywZriSvRQ

— Joshua Scott Albert (@jpegjoshua) February 14, 2018

Suspect in custody. Nicholas Cruz. Per Broward County PD scanner #Breaking #SchoolShooting #Parkland #StonemanDouglas #Shootinf pic.twitter.com/wc2e8Z6etu

— spence (@smarcus27) February 14, 2018


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