More details have emerged on 19-year old Nikolas Cruz after he unloaded an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon on unsuspecting students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.
Cruz, who was expelled from the high school, was said to have a love for weapons, which he displayed on social media, according to ABC News.
President Trump tweeted on Thursday that there were many signs that Cruz was “mentally disturbed” and that his classmates knew he had issues. One of Trump’s first acts as president was to reverse an Obama-era rule that made it harder for people with mental illness to obtain firearms.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Buzzfeed News reported that last fall the FBI received warning of a possible school shooter when someone named Nikolas Cruz left a comment on a YouTube vlogger’s video saying, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”
Motives for the shooting still remain unclear.