According to Fox News reporter Trace Gallagher, Nikolas Cruz, the suspected gunman who shot dead at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida Wednesday, reportedly followed resistance groups on social media.
Gallagher: “We should also point out that we have scoured his social media footprint. We have mentioned this before, but he was clearly obsessed with guns because he was attached and followed all types of gun groups, as well as resistance groups — the Syrian resistance and Iraqi fighters. Remeber, we said earlier that he was actually involved in a chat room discussion, YouTube chat room discussion online about the building of bombs.”
It is not known at this time which social media platforms Cruz followed Syrian resistance and Iraqi fighters on.
According to a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, the suspected gunman has “been a troubled kid.”
The student told WSVN the suspect showed off photos of his guns.
“He played around with a joke multiple times, you know, he knows the layout of the school. He can actually go ahead and pinpoint all where all the students would be,” the student told WSVN.
Student says alleged school shooter was a "troubled kid" pic.twitter.com/O0zZ6An2XM
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) February 14, 2018
The suspect is now in custody.
H/T Nick Short