This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 16, 2018:
The New American reviewed what it knew about Nikolas Cruz, the Florida school shooter, on Thursday. Since then a lot more has been uncovered, some of it disturbing and totally unrelated to guns. Our previous article noted:
Cruz left abundant clues about his mental instability: gruesome pictures he published on social media of animals that he had brutally killed, claims that he wrote “Allahu Akbar” on Instagram, revelations that the FBI knew of his erratic behavior months ago when it was reported to them by one of Cruz’s classmates, the decision to expel him last year from the same school he attacked for “disciplinary” reasons, classmates being intimidated by him and avoiding contact with him because he was “weird” and a “loner,” and so forth.
But Cruz hadn’t lost control of his faculties:
Cruz carefully planned the assault. He entered the building near the end of the class day on Wednesday, wearing a gas mask and armed with smoke grenades and firearms. He set the grenades off and then triggered the fire-alarm system, which sent students scurrying into the halls where Cruz picked them off one by one with his rifle.
He wasn’t found and arrested until nearly two hours later, as he had left the building and deliberately blended into the crowd of fleeing students.
Police arrested him at his home about two hours after the attack.
Further investigation into Cruz’s background reveals many things: