The suspect in the Florida school shooting was a member of a white nationalist group, according to the Associated Press and ABC News.
Officials have identified the Florida school shooting suspect as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Here’s what we know about Cruz:
Gunfire erupted at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shortly before dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 14. At least 17 people were killed and 23 injured during the shooting rampage, a mixture of students and adults.
The suspect was armed with an AR-15 and had numerous magazines, law enforcement officials said.
According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Cruz was arrested without incident after he was located off the school grounds in a nearby community. Cruz reportedly left the school by blending in with other students who were trying to escape.
After Cruz was apprehended, he was taken from the scene in an ambulance. Hours later he was later seen being led into a local police station wearing a hospital gown.
WHITE NATIONALIST TIES
Jordan Jereb, a leader of the white supremacist group Republic of Florida, confirmed to the Associated Press that