Unbelievable! So many warning signs.
According to authorities, the gunman who killed 17 people inside a school in Florida told police he heard voices in his head that gave him instructions for the attack.
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The voices were described as ‘demons’ by law enforcement sources, reports ABC News.
Meanwhile, police were called to Nikolas Cruz family’s Parkland home 39 times since 2010, according to police records obtained by CNN.
The sheriff’s office received a range of emergency calls that included: ‘mentally ill person,’ ‘child/elderly abuse,’ ‘domestic disturbance,’ ‘missing person,’ and several others.
Cruz moved in with a friend’s family sometime after his adoptive mother passed.
The gunman’s adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, died November 1, 2017.
During his first court appearance on Thursday, Cruz was comforted by his public defender as he was ordered held without bail in connection to the deadly shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school on Wednesday that left 17 dead and 14 injured.
The 19-year-old wore an orange jump suit and shackles on his wrists and ankles as he was officially charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
He kept his eyes down and didn’t speak in court today, other than to confirm his name with a polite ‘yes ma’am’ to the judge.
Standing next to him was his public defender, Melisa McNeil, who comforted him by putting a hand around his shoulder.
After the hearing, Cruz’s defense team revealed that he was on suicide watch and that he understood the magnitude of his actions.
McNeill told reporters gathered outside the courtroom that her client was sad and remorseful.
‘He’s sad. He’s mournful. He’s remorseful. He is fully aware of what is going on, and he’s just a broken human being,’ she said.
Another member of the defense team, Gordon Weeks, was brought to tears as he addressed reporters, telling them that Cruz ‘recognizes’ what he has done and is ‘deeply sad’.
‘He is dealing with the shock of all this that’s going on,’ Weeks said.
I feel not one ounce of sympathy for him. I’m offended that his defense attorney would even speak about what this monster is going through.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has said she is ‘certain’ prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty for the teen shooter.