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Read the arrest report on the Florida shooting suspect

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posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 06:33 AM
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Read the arrest report on the Florida shooting suspect

There are links to two formats at the above link -- one a pdf, and one text (but very difficult to read.) So I have transcribed the description part from the report for those who cannot view pdfs, and cannot or just don't want to wade through the messy text copy:


The defendant did commit Seventeen (17) Counts of First Degree Premeditated Murder in that the following occurred and the listed victim’s are deceased.
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at approximately 2:23 p.m., multiple 911 calls were received advising of a shooting that was occurring at Stoneman Douglas High School located at 5901 Pine Island Road, Parkland. Upon clearing the school, responding units rendered aid to multiple shooting victims who were transported to multiple hospitals. Multiple deceased persons were also observed on scene. This incident will be reported under Broward Sheriff’s Office case number 17-1802-000525.
As units were responding to the scene, a description of the shooter was broadcast over the police radio. As a result of the chaos, multiple persons were fleeing the school. After the shooting, the shooter blended in with fleeing students and was able to elude arriving officers.
A sworn statement was obtained from witness (__________), who is employed as a Campus Monitor at Stoneman Douglas High School. (__________) stated that he observed Cruz, who he recognized as a former troubled student, arrive at the school in a small goldish colored vehicle. (__________) stated that Cruz was wearing a maroon shirt, black pants and a black hat. (__________) stated Cruz was carrying a black duffel bag and wearing a black back pack. (__________) stated that he radioed his co-worker to alert him that Cruz was walking purposefully toward the 1200 building.
(__________) stated that within a minute, he heard gunshots and called a “Code Red,” indicating an emergency on campus.
Approximately one hour later, a subject fitting the description of the shooter was contacted at the (__________) 4700 block of Windham Lakes Blvd South, Coral Springs by (__________) and identified as Nikolas Cruz, W/M, DOB 9/24/98. Witness (__________) responded to where Cruz had been located and positively identified Cruz as the person he observed entering the school prior to the shooting.
Contact was later made with witness (__________) who advised that she is an Uber driver and that she drove Cruz to Stoneman Douglas High School and dropped him off there. Arrangements for an Uber ride can only be made via the smart device software application.
It was later ascertained that Cruz was currently living at (__________) with the (__________) family. (__________), the head of the household, stated that Cruz’ parents were both deceased and that he allowed Cruz to live at his residence for the past few months. (__________) stated that Cruz has his own room inside his home.
An assault rifle was abandoned on scene. An ATF Gun Trace was performed and records show that the rifle had been purchased by Nikolas Cruz on February 2017. In a post Miranda statement, Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds. Cruz stated that he brought additional loaded magazines to the school campus and kept them hidden in a back pack until he got on campus to begin his assault.
Cruz also admitted that as students began to flee the campus on foot he decided a plan to discard the AR15 and vest with the additional magazines so he could blend into the crowd. Once the crime scene was secured the discarded AR15 rifle and vest with magazines was found in areas consistent with Cruz’s version of events.
The listed victims were the subjects found on the school campus who had been shot and were pronounced deceased or were victims found shot on the school campus and taken to North Broward Medical Center were they were pronounced deceased. The victims’ deaths were caused by the criminal act of Nikolas Cruz and the killings done with a premeditated design. Further, during the commission of the murders, Nikolas Cruz did actually possess and discharge a firearm, and as a result of the discharge, death was inflicted on the foregoing individuals.


A couple things to note: The "Campus Monitor" who first observed Cruz is NOT the School Resource Officer, Peterson. These are two different positions, and the Campus Monitor is NOT an LEO, whereas the School Resource Officer is an LEO. So it apparently was not Peterson who first saw Cruz, but the "co-worker" the Campus Monitor contacted after observing Cruz may be Peterson.

No information is given in this report about what Peterson and the other sheriff's deputies did or did not do.

I found it curious that the report referred to Cruz "shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds," because I haven't heard of anyone shot outside of the building, but this seems to indicate that persons were shot outside. I'm not sure what to make of this.

Finally, I was surprised not to see any mention of a "helmet" or gas masks, as I specifically recall one witness -- a teacher -- reporting that he saw the shooter coming down the hall in a mask and helmet. Source

Anyone else notice any discrepancies or curiosities in the report?



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posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 06:54 AM
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What about the girl that was talking to him and heard shots from a different part of the building? And the other two witnesses saying there was more than one shooter. Also, how would ditching the vest (obviously wasn't planning on getting killed) and the gun to allow him to escape in the crowd work if his finger prints and dna would be all over the discarded stuff?



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 07:03 AM
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originally posted by: CthulhuMythos



What about the girl that was talking to him and heard shots from a different part of the building?


Good question. It could be that they had not spoken to the girl before writing the report. If they had, I would think they would have included it as further evidence that he had been on campus at that time.


And the other two witnesses saying there was more than one shooter.


Again, good questions. All-in-all, I recall five students who claimed there was more than one shooter -- two girls and three guys. There may be more, but that's what I've personally seen.


Also, how would ditching the vest (obviously wasn't planning on getting killed) and the gun to allow him to escape in the crowd work if his finger prints and dna would be all over the discarded stuff?


Again, good question. I suppose the obvious answer would be that Cruz didn't think this through. Ditching the gear might allow him to flee the scene of the crime, but not the consequences of the crime. Especially because he knew he had already been seen and presumably identified by at least one person -- While Loading Gun at Florida School, Shooting Suspect Told Student ‘Better Get Out of Here’. This student ran from the building, then told the football coach who was ultimately killed.

ETA: Now that I think about it a little more, this is even more odd in that presumably Cruz knew he had been seen and ID'd, yet he called the guy he was living with to tell him about the shooting and played totally innocent... did Cruz really think he was going to get away with this? It just doesn't make sense.
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posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 07:05 AM
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Not trying to dispute there could have been several ones but consider this:

If you fire a gun in an enclosed area (building, hallway) the shockwave (sonic boom if not subsonic ammunition) will travel into the direction the gun is pointed. If you stand in the middle of an hallway that is enclosed by classrooms and say fire down the hall and then turn around 180° and fire another shot, an outsider will hear different locations.

The difference can be an open window somewhere, too. You can´t trust your directional hearing in a situation like this.



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 07:09 AM
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originally posted by: verschickter
Not trying to dispute there could have been several ones but consider this:

If you fire a gun in an enclosed area (building, hallway) the shockwave (sonic boom if not subsonic ammunition) will travel into the direction the gun is pointed. If you stand in the middle of an hallway that is enclosed by classrooms and say fire down the hall and then turn around 180° and fire another shot, an outsider will hear different locations.

The difference can be an open window somewhere, too. You can´t trust your directional hearing in a situation like this.


Thank you! I have wondered about this. Especially in terms of the deputy outside the building and what he would hear, how the echoes and repercussions and sonic booms would be heard -- not to mention the simultaneous cacophony of doors slamming, screaming and yelling, etc.



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 07:14 AM
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Forget all this, it's been decided, the dangers of porn and video games are much more serious than gun wielding lunatics who decide to turn schools into free for all safari hunts



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 07:14 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea

Of course a small part will also be deflected and go the other direction, I´ll have to add. One example I can give is standing in front of the door at our indoor shooting range. Until you open it, you might think the range is way down the hallway because you hear little pops behind the door. But loud bangs coming down the hallway, you´re just hearing the sound coming from there, until you open the door.



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 07:22 AM
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a reply to: verschickter

Thank you -- there's a lot to consider! I can't recall ever hearing shooting indoors, only outdoors. But I know that while indoors and hearing firing outdoors, there can be a huge difference. From little popping sounds to big booms that rattle the windows and shake the house. It's actually easier to determine the direction of the popping noise than the booms that seem to surround you and come from every direction all at once. It's been a challenge for me to try to put all this in some kind of proper perspective!

Thanks again



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 07:39 AM
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originally posted by: CthulhuMythos
Also, how would ditching the vest (obviously wasn't planning on getting killed) and the gun to allow him to escape in the crowd work if his finger prints and dna would be all over the discarded stuff?


Well, his alleged actions of trying to escape would be a fascinating enigma, if we were to assume he was of a rational frame of mind at the time.

But then again, he did catch a Uber to his old school, with his AR-15 rifle in a duffel bag, then proceeded to execute 17 students, for no conceivable commercial gain... so their is that.



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 08:33 AM
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originally posted by: CthulhuMythos



What about the girl that was talking to him and heard shots from a different part of the building? And the other two witnesses saying there was more than one shooter. Also, how would ditching the vest (obviously wasn't planning on getting killed) and the gun to allow him to escape in the crowd work if his finger prints and dna would be all over the discarded stuff?

I think that girl was lying.

Plain and simple.

Edit: As for the others, things can get confusing in a stressful situation, and the human brain is known to create 'facts'.
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posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 08:52 AM
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a reply to: Jefferton


I think that girl was lying.

Plain and simple.


Maybe she was... maybe she wasn't. But it really doesn't matter what anyone "thinks" -- that doesn't make it fact. Where is anyone looking for corroborating witnesses or the opposite? Was the girl walking alone or was she with a friend(s) that could confirm/deny her story?

That's what I find curious about it all. She is the only one who has claimed to have seen him and walked with him and talked with him as he joined the exiting students. The only one that I know of anyway. That he left with the students is definitely part of the official story, but it just seems there would be many other students who would have seen him as well.

It's also odd because I would think he would have been one of the last to leave the building, since he had to take time to remove his gear, so perhaps even a lone straggler, and the LEOs had a description including his red ROTC shirt, so how could one of the LEOs not have seen him? If not the police officers and deputies inside the building, then the deputies outside the building?



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 08:59 AM
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Yeah if they all knew Cruz was supposedly a threat(He was) why didn't the school go on lock down BEFORE he could enter?



A sworn statement was obtained from witness (__________), who is employed as a Campus Monitor at Stoneman Douglas High School. (__________) stated that he observed Cruz, who he recognized as a former troubled student, arrive at the school in a small goldish colored vehicle. (__________) stated that Cruz was wearing a maroon shirt, black pants and a black hat. (__________) stated Cruz was carrying a black duffel bag and wearing a black back pack. (__________) stated that he radioed his co-worker to alert him that Cruz was walking purposefully toward the 1200 building.
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posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 09:06 AM
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originally posted by: Jefferton

originally posted by: CthulhuMythos



What about the girl that was talking to him and heard shots from a different part of the building? And the other two witnesses saying there was more than one shooter. Also, how would ditching the vest (obviously wasn't planning on getting killed) and the gun to allow him to escape in the crowd work if his finger prints and dna would be all over the discarded stuff?

I think that girl was lying.

Plain and simple.

Edit: As for the others, things can get confusing in a stressful situation, and the human brain is known to create 'facts'.


I doubt she's lying, just confused. As you said these scenes are chaotic and extremely stressful. Study after study has shown that witness memories are inaccurate. That's why you tend to go with the majority. What most people remember is more likely to be the truth than the one or two witnesses whose memories conflict.

JFK assassination is a good example. The majority of witnesses reported hearing 3 shots. Some people heard more, a few people actually heard less, but they're anomalies. The majority heard 3.



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 09:19 AM
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Yeah if they all knew Cruz was supposedly a threat(He was) why didn't the school go on lock down BEFORE he could enter?


It's a good question. I've read a couple things about why/how Cruz got on campus. One story said that all doors and gates are locked throughout the day until about 20-30 minutes before closing bell, at which time all the gates and doors are unlocked for the exiting students and staff. Another story said that the Code Red should have locked all doors and gates, but that when Cruz pulled the fire alarm it overrode the Code Red and opened all doors and gates.

This doesn't really answer your question, but it's all I've got.

ETA: As it happens, I just found a little more! This is from "a member of Parkland’s Education Advisory Board, which acts as a fact finder for Parkland’s City Commission on issues related to the schools in the Parkland," speaking to the importance of a single point of entry for security purposes at schools in general, and particularly Stoneman High School:

Although some improvements had been made to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, large sections of perimeter fencing remained missing, and other necessary improvements remained unfinished for effective single point of entry. Although a final determination remains to be made, it is undeniable that the murderer gained access to the interior buildings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas unimpeded. This is a failure of perimeter control and a failure of the Broward County School Board to implement single point of entry.

Educational Advisory Board Member: ‘Killings Could, and Should Have Been Prevented’

So apparently the Stoneman campus is not as secure as has been reported, and it may have been possible for Cruz (anyone) to enter the campus from multiple points. Not that I have any way of knowing... but now that I think about it, I don't recall seeing specifically how/where Cruz got onto the campus. I do know that it's been reported that the school had a single point of entry, hence the discussion of how he still got in. Nor have I seen where that point of entry is in relation to the building where the shooting took place.
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posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 09:32 AM
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Our local high school that my kiddos have gone to or are currently attending has one armed SRO (pop under 1200).
I don't really know much about the other high school.
There is no procedure/policy in place for anyone to come onto campus. There's nothing to stop movement. No one asks questions of any adult or student-looking person. The lobby is wide open and the office is behind a door. All entry doors at the school are unlocked from 6 am-6 pm.
At least at the elementary schools one must be buzzed in through the office and state your business and given a tag, show ID etc.



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 09:37 AM
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Shooting reported at 2:23 pm. Hmm that's odd because David Hogg did an interview of terrified classmates during the shooting but he states the time as 9:32 am. Something doesn't add up here.




posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 09:45 AM
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(__________) stated Cruz was carrying a black duffel bag and wearing a black back pack.


If only Oswalds co worker had asked to see inside his package of 'curtain rods'.

If only, if only...



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 09:47 AM
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originally posted by: TNMockingbird
a reply to: Boadicea

There is no procedure/policy in place for anyone to come onto campus. There's nothing to stop movement. No one asks questions of any adult or student-looking person. The lobby is wide open and the office is behind a door. All entry doors at the school are unlocked from 6 am-6 pm.
At least at the elementary schools one must be buzzed in through the office and state your business and given a tag, show ID etc.


That just seems crazy -- especially these days! But even back in my day in the '70s, the front of the school was open but with security guards. But we also had undercover cops all over too! And even my kids' schools were always locked up except the administrative offices, which also had guards. I think they were armed, but I'm not really sure now. Their schools also had one or two police officers assigned as Police Liaison Officers as well.

In those days, I think folks were more concerned about things like non-custodial parents trying to take their kids, or perverts in general getting access to kids, stuff like that. And, of course, the trouble that kids get into all on their own!



posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 10:07 AM
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Shooting reported at 2:23 pm. Hmm that's odd because David Hogg did an interview of terrified classmates during the shooting but he states the time as 9:32 am. Something doesn't add up here.


It is odd...

I have seen it explained away as being conducted during a drill that morning, but then why present it to the public as taking place during the real event? And the drill that happened in the morning has been reported as a fire drill -- NOT a live shooter drill. Though the teachers had been informed there would be another "code red" drill:

Earlier that day at a staff meeting, teachers had been told there would soon be a “code red” or “lockdown” drill — in which teachers and students practice their response to an immediate threat — but they hadn’t been told the date.


Here's something else odd:

Rospierski was sitting at his desk around 2:25 p.m. when the fire alarm rang. His students filed out of their third-floor classroom and made their way toward the stairs. Then Rospierski heard the sound of gunfire.

“Turn around, go to your classrooms!” he yelled to the students.

Students started running back toward Rospierski and he tried to steer them into open classrooms. By the time Rospierski got to his classroom door, the shooter was at the end of the hallway.

Rospierski was locked out of his classroom, so he pushed eight kids into a two-and-a-half foot alcove by the classroom door. He desperately tried to keep the students out of the line of fire. Rospierski saw the shooter approach wearing a helmet and a mask.

(ETA: Source -- This teacher thought it was a drill but then heard shooting. He kept students safe.

I'm finding it difficult to understand how Cruz, after setting off the fire alarm, managed to shoot up two floors and get to the third floor at the same time this class and teacher were able to get to the stairs where the gunman was pretty much already there to meet them -- and without hearing any gunfire from the lower floors... And why isn't anyone else talking about a helmet and mask?
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posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 10:08 AM
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originally posted by: TNMockingbird
a reply to: Boadicea

Our local high school that my kiddos have gone to or are currently attending has one armed SRO (pop under 1200).
I don't really know much about the other high school.
There is no procedure/policy in place for anyone to come onto campus. There's nothing to stop movement. No one asks questions of any adult or student-looking person. The lobby is wide open and the office is behind a door. All entry doors at the school are unlocked from 6 am-6 pm.
At least at the elementary schools one must be buzzed in through the office and state your business and given a tag, show ID etc.


That school has some of the worst security I've ever heard of. They don't even lock the #ing doors? My high school locked all exterior doors after classes began in the morning, and this was years ago. These days, there's no excuse for that. They would probably hide behind the fact that they have an armed officer on the premises, but that doesn't guarantee anything. A smart shooter will just take him out first, and best case scenario the SRO gets to him after he's already shot some students.

I would raise hell if my kid went to that school.




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