The troubled 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at a high school in Florida is now being held unsecured.
Nikolas Cruz is presented briefly in court on Thursday (15/2) to hear the official allegations. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Cruz's presence in court came hours after US President Donald Trump gave a brief speech at the White House about the tragedy, saying he would soon meet relevant officials from across the country " difficult mental health "in preventing mass killings and making school security a top priority. He did not mention the proposed draft of weapons possession.
But the law on arms possession is in the minds of many following reflections and prayers for the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Cruz fired on five classes on the two high school floors, Broward District Sheriff Scott Israel said. Upon completion of the action, Cruz dropped his weapon and rucksack containing ammunition and left the building with other students who had fled the scene.
Sherif Scott Israel said that Cruz armed himself with an AR-15 rifle.
In addition to 17 killed on Wednesday, blasting 15 others who are now hospitalized, some of them in critical condition. [lt]