The suspect in custody for the Florida high school shooting has been identified as Nicholas Cruz.
The alleged shooter who has been detained by Broward police, has been named on WSVN-7 News as a former pupil at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
According to the Miami Herald, teacher Jim Gard said:
We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him. There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.
The Broward County School District Superintendent, however, told reporters that he did not know of any concerns raised about the student.
MORE: Male in red shirt appears to be handcuffed and apprehended by police officers in Parkland, Florida, following shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School https://t.co/1Y5NBGZMdE pic.twitter.com/EmZdGiSPIP
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 14, 2018
“We received no warnings,” Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters outside the school. “Potentially there could have been signs out there. But we didn’t have any warning or phone calls or threats that were made.”
Helicopter footage, which has been circulated around American news media, shows a man in a red shirt surrounded by police officers whilst in handcuffs with ABC News reporting the person in question is the gunman.
The Broward Sheriff’s Twitter account confirmed that the shooter has been placed in police custody:
Shooter is now in custody. Scene is still active. #stonemanshooting
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Another student interviewed on the scene by WSVN-7 said the student had guns at home and talked about using them.
The suspect was reportedly detained and transported to Broward Health North in Pompano Beach.