WATCH: Chilling video played in court shows Nikolas Cruz detailing plans to commit mass shooting in Parkland schoolAugust 2, 2022
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On Monday, jurors were shown footage of Nikolas Cruz detailing his attack preparations on his mobile phone as the sentencing trial for Cruz continued. In 2018, the 23-year-old was found guilty of killing 17 people in Parkland, Florida.
Cruz allegedly attended Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, carrying an AR-15 at the age of 19. He started firing and assaulting the faculty and pupils. Cruz, who eluded law enforcement by disguising himself as one of the pupils, was apprehended by police.
Authorities stated that there was proof Cruz had carefully planned the entire attack during the inquiry that followed the incident. His search history revealed that, before to the massacre, he had looked into police reaction times and weaponry.
Cruz is heard describing his intentions to attack students at the school with his legally obtained AR-15 in videos taken from his cellphone. Additionally, at least one of the videos on his phone was reportedly shot on the day of the shooting.
The shooter identified himself and claimed to be “the next school shooter of 2018” in a different video. Cruz stated that the shooting would “be a great event” after identifying the scene.
Cruz discussed his excitement to appear on the news after the incident in yet another video that was also played. When everyone sees him on the news, he is heard saying, they will all recognise him.
Cruz’s digital history and letters appear to support the videos by demonstrating that he had been debating the attack for a long time. He looked up “AR-15,” “school shooters,” and “fighting techniques.” The shooter had apparently researched earlier shootings, such as the Columbine massacre in 1999.
Whether Nikolas Cruz receives the death penalty or life in prison will be decided during the continuing hearing.