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Gunman to plead guilty in Parkland school massacre, say lawyers

He attended Stoneman Douglas starting in 10th grade, but his troubles persisted—at one point, he was forbidden from carrying a backpack to make sure he didn’t have a weapon. Nevertheless, he was allowed to participate in the school’s rifle team.

He was expelled about a year before the attack after several incidents of unusual behavior and at least one fight. He started posting pictures of himself with guns online and made videos threatening to commit violence, including at school. It was around this time that he purchased the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, which he would use in shooting.

When Cruise’s mother died of pneumonia in November 2017, four months before the shooting, he moved in with friends, taking 10 of his guns with him.

Someone, concerned about his emotional state, called the FBI a month before the shooting to warn agents that he might kill people. The information was never forwarded to the agency’s South Florida office and Cruz was never investigated or contacted.

Another acquaintance called the Broward sheriff’s office with a similar warning, but when the deputy learned that Cruz was living with a family friend in neighboring Palm Beach County, he called the caller to that sheriff’s office. asked to contact.

In the weeks before the shooting, Cruise began making videos announcing that he was going to be “the next school shooter of 2018.” Shortly before the massacre, he made one where he said, “Today is the day. Today it all begins. The day of my massacre will begin.”

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