A Snapchat video recorded by a student shows shots blasting, children screaming hysterically, and smoke rising in the classroom during the shooting Wednesday at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Now it is being revealed by ABC News that Cruz has told police that demons were talking to him and instructing him during the shooting.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel spoke during a vigil remembering the victims of a school shooting that took place in his jurisdiction earlier this week. Minutes later, eagle-eyed Coral Springs police at the McDonald's noticed Cruz and believed his description matched that of the shooting suspect, the arrest report says. He then went back and shot into rooms 1216, 1215 and 1213, Israel said.
"Right now the focus of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Broward Sheriff's Office is on the successful prosecution of this killer and we are not going to leave any stone unturned", Israel said.
Cruz takes the east stairwell to the third floor, drops his rifle and backpack, and runs down the stairs.
The sheriff said Cruz tried to blend in with the group of scared students until he eventually ran to a nearby Walmart and bought a drink at the Subway restaurant inside the store.
Broward Health hospitals received 17 patients after Wednesday's shooting.
Cruz left the McDonalds on foot.
Authorities identify the alleged gunman as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student at the high school.
Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie said the shooter came onto campus at the end of the day just as school was letting out, so lots of people were coming and going. "People are going to be rightfully concerned about their rights? as am I", he said during a press conference earlier this week. The Broward County Sheriff's Office released the names of the 17 slain victims.
Runcie said it's a very dark day for the district.
Cruz looked like a "typical high school kid", Leonard said.
The suspect has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and Israel said that law enforcement will do everything they can to make sure that he is convicted of all charges and justice is served.
The identities of the victims have not yet been made public by authorities. He also said an armed sheriff's deputy who works as a school resource officer was on campus Wednesday - and never encountered the shooter.
The school superintendent announced that the school would remain closed through Friday and that officials are working to figure out what plans need to be in place before students would be able to return to the building where the tragedy took place.
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