The suspect of a blind shootout at a high school in Florida was a troubled teenager who uploaded unsettling material on social media before committing an action that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement officer and his former schoolmate.
Sheriff Broward County Scott Israel says that the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, has been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for disciplinary reasons.
However, Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old student at school says Cruz was expelled in the last school year after fighting with his ex-boyfriend's new boyfriend. He said that Cruz often acted harshly against his ex-girlfriend.
School officials say after being expelled from Marjory Stoneman Doughlas, Cruz continued his education at another school in Broward County (county-level district).
According to friends and relatives, the suspect's mother, Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia last November, as reported by Sun Sentinel. Lynda Cruz and her husband, who died of a heart attack a few years earlier, adopted Nikolas and her sister, Zachary, after the couple moved from Long Island in New York to Broward County, Florida.
Mayor Broward County Beam Furr said in an interview that the shooter had been treated at a mental health clinic for some time, but he did not return to the clinic for more than a year. [lt]