Court events after the Parkland School shooting

On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz took an Uber to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a black duffel bag. : Lives Lost in Parkland School ShootingFeb. 14, 2018After arriving at school, Cruz assembled his AR-15 rifle in the stairwell and opened fire in the “freshmen building”, killing 14 students and three staff members. 17 other people were injured. The Parkland Cruz school shooter eventually dropped the gun and fled blending in with the other students as police stormed the building. He was captured an hour later while walking through a neighborhood. Video below: Cruz’s interrogation video released Days after the shooting The FBI came forward in the days after the shooting, saying they had received information about Cruz. his YouTube page, “I’m going to be a pro school shooter.” Username: “Nikolas Cruz.” A few months later, the FBI received another tip in January 2018, from a caller who identified himself as a close friend of the Cruz family. The caller feared that Cruz would shoot at a school. Since the shooting: A teacher, a student speaks about the Parkland shooting and the work that was done in November 2018. Cruz faced new charges months after the shooting after attacking a sergeant from the county sheriff’s office of Broward in jail. A sergeant in charge of guarding Cruz told Cruz to stop dragging his sandals while walking around the common room, according to a complaint affidavit. Cruz raised his middle finger towards the sergeant and hit him in the face. During the scuffle, the sergeant fell to the ground and Cruz took the sergeant’s conductive electronic weapon from him, the affidavit states. Deputies said the video shows Cruz lying on the ground sergeant and punching him repeatedly on the top of the head. Deputies said Cruz then retreated to one of the seats in the room, at which time the sergeant was able to restrain him. Cruz’s trial has been steadily delayed due to the pandemic and disputes over evidence and possible testimony. Cruz’s lawyers said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, but prosecutors maintained they wanted to seek the death penalty. The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting resulted in a settlement with the school district Fall 2021In September, the judge ruled that Cruz could not be called derogatory names like “animal” or “that thing” during the trial. In October, a last-minute hearing was scheduled, where Cruz pleaded guilty to all four counts against him in the attack on the prison guard. The judge accepted his plea and made it clear that it could lead prosecutors to use him as a show of aggression if they seek the death penalty for his Parkland school shooting charges. October 20, 2021On October 20, 2021, Cruz pleaded guilty to the murder charges related to the Parkland school shooting.Video Below: Cruz pleads guilty to the murder weapon charges.Cruz gave a statement to the court and families victims after pleading guilty. His statement caused confusion. Cruz’s defense attorney clarified that while he understands the law and it will be up to the jury to decide his sentence, he believes it should ultimately be up to the families of the victims in his heart. Video below: Cruz makes a statement in court, the families of the victimsThe trial was scheduled for early January, but was postponed to early April. The court will ask for the death penalty.

On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz took an Uber to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a black duffel bag.

The events that followed became one of the deadliest school shootings in US history, sparking protests that last years later.

Remembrance: The Lives Lost in the Parkland School Shooting

February 14, 2018

After arriving at the school, Cruz assembled his AR-15 rifle in the stairwell and opened fire in the “freshmen building”, killing 14 students and three staff members. Seventeen other people were injured.

“Be advised that we may have firecrackers. I believe shots were fired. Possible shots were fired, building 1200,” could be heard over the radio communications.

Video below: 911 call between a student and a dispatcher during the Parkland school shooting

Cruz eventually dropped the gun and fled blending in with the other students as the police stormed the building. He was captured an hour later while walking through a neighborhood.

Video below: Body camera footage of Cruz’s arrest


Shortly after his arrest, he confessed and said the voices in his head told him to do it.

Video below: Cruz’s interrogation video released


The days after filming

The FBI came forward in the days following the shooting, claiming to have received information on Cruz.

In September 2017, the FBI received an email from someone in Mississippi that said someone had posted on their YouTube page, “I’m going to be a pro school shooter.”

Username: “Nikolas Cruz”.

A few months later, the FBI received another tip in January 2018, from a caller who identified himself as a close friend of the Cruz family. The caller feared that Cruz would shoot at a school.

From the shoot: A teacher and a student talk about the shooting of Parkland and the work that was done

November 2018

Cruz faced new charges months after the shooting after he attacked a Broward County Sheriff’s Office sergeant in jail.

A sergeant in charge of guarding Cruz told Cruz to stop dragging his sandals while walking around the common room, according to a complaint affidavit.

Cruz raised his middle finger towards the sergeant and hit him in the face. During the scuffle, the sergeant fell to the ground and Cruz took the sergeant’s conductive electronic weapon from him, the affidavit states.

Deputies said the video shows Cruz lying on the ground sergeant and punching him repeatedly on the top of the head.

Deputies said Cruz then retreated to one of the seats in the room, at which time the sergeant was able to restrain him.

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Years since filming

Over the years, Cruz’s trial has been steadily delayed due to the pandemic and disputes over evidence and possible testimony.

Cruz’s lawyers said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, but prosecutors maintained they wanted to seek the death penalty.

The latest: Families of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting reach settlement with school district

Fall 2021

In September, the judge ruled that Cruz could not be called derogatory names like “animal” or “that thing” during the trial.

In October, a last-minute hearing was scheduled, in which Cruz pleaded guilty to all four counts against him in the attack on the prison guard. The judge accepted his plea and made it clear that it could lead prosecutors to use him as a show of aggression if they seek the death penalty for his Parkland school shooting charges.

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October 20, 2021

On October 20, 2021, Cruz pleaded guilty to murder charges related to the Parkland school shooting.

Video below: Cruz pleads guilty to murder charges

The 34 charges include murder, attempted murder and those related to possession and discharge of a weapon.

Cruz issued a statement to the court and to the families of the victims after pleading guilty. His statement caused confusion. Cruz’s defense attorney clarified that while he understands the law and it will be up to the jury to decide his sentence, he believes it should ultimately be up to the families of the victims in his heart.

Video below: Cruz makes a statement in court, the families of the victims

The trial was scheduled for early January, but was postponed to early April.

The court will ask for the death penalty.

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