There has been a lot of coverage on the tragedy that occurred on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School. 17 people lost their lives, and 14 were injured, at the hands of a shooter, now identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.
County Sheriff Scott Israel released a timeline, on Thursday the 15th, to Fox News detailing the events that unfolded on Wednesday:
Cruz was dropped off by an Uber driver where Cruz then entered the east stairwell of building 12 “with a rifle inside a black soft case.” When he entered the stairwell, he removed the rifle.
Cruz then took his rifle and began shooting into rooms 1215, 1216, 1214; returning to 1216, 1215, then to 1213. Then he took the west stairwell to the second floor where he shot one victim in room 1234.
County Sheriff Israel stated that the gunfire lasted three minutes. Cruz left the second floor up to the third via the east stairwell; dropped his rifle and backpack and retreated down the stairs. Cruz “eventually left the building with others would were trying to escape,” fleeing on foot to a nearby Wal-Mart.
While there, Cruz bought a drink at a Subway and then departed (Israel admitted he did not know the exact time Cruz left the multinational retail store). Cruz headed to a McDonald’s where he “sat down for a short period of time.”
Deputies responded to reports of an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a tweet that there “[were] reports of victims. POI will be on scene 3:15 p.m.
County Sheriff Israel stated that Cruz left the McDonalds on foot.
The Broward Schools tweeted: “Today, close to MSD High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. They school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site.”
County Sheriff Israel stated that a Coconut Creek police officer detained Cruz in a Coral Springs neighborhood and “taken into custody without incident.”
The Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “So far we have at least 14 victims,” which were transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.
Cruz was briefly transported to the hospital because he “exhibited labored breathing.”
According to Cruz’s arrest affidavit, he confessed to arriving at the high school with an AR-15 rifle, and a back pack of additional magazines, admitting that he shot “students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds.” The following morning Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. At 2:00 p.m. Cruz appeared before a judge for sentencing, who ordered him to be held without bond.
There has been a lot of raging in the media and on social media about the AR-15 Cruz had in his possession. Regardless of affiliation with either the left or the right, we all need to be praying for the families of the deceased and those who are still in the hospital.
Arguing back and forth, amplifying the infamy of Nicholas Cruz is unethical. Yes, there were signs—in fact before this tragedy Cruz was expelled from this exact high school for getting into a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. He had been abusive to his girlfriend, according to high school students and was banned from entering the campus with a backpack.
Students who knew him also stated that he was a “weird kid” and often talked about guns, weapons, and hunting, but further admitted that they were not surprised that Cruz was the perpetrator. On Cruz’s social media, he had pictures of guns and knives, some where he was posing with them.
After the tragedy, it was discovered that Cruz’s adoptive mother had passed away in November of 2017 and his adoptive father had died about 10 years ago of a heart attack. After his arraignment, his attorney said he was “fully aware” and “just a broken human being.”
Unfortunately, the spread of Cruz’s actions has led to at least one arrest of a man who posted a photo of himself posing with a gun on Snapchat, captioned “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow.” County Sheriff Israel revealed on Thursday that authorities have received “copycat threats made today at other schools.”
Photo: ABC News
Hannah Staton holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith where she also is a Writing Tutor. She was issued her Concealed Carry License in 2016, but has grown up around firearms her whole life. She is a Contributing Editor and Copy Writer for Clinger Holsters. She is an artist, cigar enthusiast, poet, and an avid shooter. She resides in Van Buren, Arkansas with her dog, Sunday and spends as much of her free time either with her family or making art. You can find her on Instagram @hr.staton or reach her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org