He may also have left warning signs on social media. The comment said, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter".
According to BuzzFeed, a MS bail bondsman who runs a YouTube channel saw the concerning comment on one of his videos. Investigators were unable to find the commenter, he added. The overall death toll differs by how such shootings are defined, but Everytown For Gun Safety has tallied 290 school shootings in America since 2013, and this attack makes 18 so far this year. We have a Second Amendment to protect our right to bear arms, don't we?
"It's not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference".
Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old junior, said Cruz was expelled last school year because he got into a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. His older brother Miguel, who graduated from Douglas High past year, shared the news via an Instagram post early Thursday morning.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives sharply criticized the Republican leadership for refusing to take up legislation on tightening background checks for prospective gun buyers. Cruz, 19, was booked into a Broward County jail early Thursday to face 17 counts of first-degree murder.
"It's appalling", Representative Mike Thompson told a news conference. "Thirty people every day are killed by someone using a gun, and the best we can do is say we need more information?" "But Gun control will prevent it from happening again".
At least one member of Trump's cabinet called for Congressional action. He was also carrying a gas mask and dozens of smoke grenades.
Martin Duque, a 14-year-old student, was confirmed to be among the fatalities by his older brother Miguel, who graduated from the school last year. Malcolm Roxburgh said a neighbor across the street kept pigs, and Nicolas Cruz targeted the family. Another student who was in J-ROTC with Cruz said that he once attempted to sell knives to a classmate.
Yesterday's harrowing shooting spree saw terrified students hiding in closets and under desks as they texted for help, while the gunman stalked the school with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle.
Cruz was captured in a quiet neighborhood about two miles from the school.
A little after 10:30 ET, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and other leaders spoke from Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in a school.
The students called Cruz "weird" and a "loner" - even those who'd been friendly with him said they hadn't seen him in more than a year since his expulsion. "I think we spoke with you in the past about a complaint that you made about someone making a comment on your YouTube channel", the agent said in the message shared with BuzzFeed News.
Nearly immediately after a gunman in Las Vegas mowed down dozens of people and injured hundreds of concert-goers last fall, there was unprecedented openness among many Republicans in Congress for some kind of gun control legislation.
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Coats noted that "throughout the entire community, we have not seen any evidence of any significant change from previous year ". Mr Coats and Mr Wray spoke alongside CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.