Florida Mental Health Agency Examined Cruz In 2016, Didn't Hospitalize Him

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Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of opening fire inside of a Florida high school and killing 17 people on Wednesday, will plead guilty if the death penalty is taken off the table, according to his public defender.

Cruz allegedly killed 17 students and staff members and injured more than a dozen others Wednesday in an attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which he attended until he was expelled previous year. "We had rules and he followed every rule to the tee", James Snead said on ABC's "Good Morning America".

The Florida department of children and families' abuse hotline was alerted to the footage, with Cruz having been listed as a victim of alleged medical neglect and inadequate supervision on the part of his adoptive mother Lynda Cruz, who died previous year.

The Sneads said they knew that Cruz owned the AR-15 but made him keep it locked up in a gun safe.

"I think I am going to kill people", Cruz wrote in the group, according to CNN, which also quoted an unnamed law enforcement source as saying the suspect bought at least five guns in the past year.

Kareen Vargas bows her head while visiting a makeshift memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed on February 14, on February 18, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.

More recently, he saw Cruz carrying several publications about guns when they ran into each other at the high school.

He had asked only twice since November.

ReutersCrosses for the victims of last Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hang on a fence a short distance from the school.

Cruz had been attending another school in Broward County since the expulsion, school officials said.

A person described as close to Cruz called an Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line on January 5 to report concerns about him, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"They were gonna start the insurance processes to see what would be covered, and he was gonna start going", she said.

Snead said while they were aware Cruz was depressed there were never any warnings that he was about to carry out a mass shooting. The Sneads are animal lovers who have two dogs and six cats, according to an interview with the Sun-Sentinel.

Details of the attack have emerged, showing how the assailant moved through the school in just minutes before escaping with the same students he had targeted.

"We need a discussion where we hear both sides", the senior said.

Former cadets told The Associated Press that Cruz was on the varsity marksmanship team that competed against other area schools.

On social media, shooter Nikolas Cruz revealed his obsession with guns and violence.

"We already began to dissect his websites and the things on social media that he was on and some of the things that came to mind are very, very disturbing", the sheriff said.

"We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know", Kimberly Snead told the Miami Herald.

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