Parkland School Gunman watched videos, researched info on other school shootings – NBC 6 South Florida

The Parkland school shooter watched YouTube videos of other school shootings and Googled information about AR-15s and police responses to school shootings in the days leading up to it. the shooting of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a detective said Monday during her sentencing trial.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Det. Ronald Faircloth described what was found on the phone of Stoneman High School shooter Douglas Nikolas Cruz that was recovered after the February 14, 2018 shooting that left 17 dead and 17 injured.

Faircloth, which does digital forensics, said the phone had a PDF showing the ringing schedule, including layoff times at MSD, which was created less than two weeks before the shooting.

The phone’s internet search history also showed the shooter’s disturbing searches in the days leading up to the shooting.

The shooter searched “school shooters”, “AR-15”, “MSD” and “how long does it take for a cop to show up at a school shooting” in the week before the shooting, said Faircloth.

He also researched several mass school shootings and watched YouTube videos about them, including the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings, Faircloth said.

Other YouTube video searches included “AR-15 close quarters combat”, “basic combat skills with AR-15 firearms”, and “body camera footage of a cop shooting a gun”. armed student on campus”.

Faircloth also disclosed two text conversations the shooter had on the day of the shooting.

One of the text exchanges was with someone the shooter called ‘Warning: love of your life’ who texted him: ‘You’re scaring me, leave me alone,’ Faircloth said .

“I love you,” the shooter texted her, adding, “You’ll always know I love you.”

“You know I have a boyfriend, don’t you?” she texted.

“No, I don’t know,” he replied. “It doesn’t matter anymore, I love you.”

Prosecutors later released three videos found on the phone in which the shooter described his plans for the shooting.

“Alright, here’s the plan. I’m going to go get an Uber in the afternoon before 2:40 p.m. From there, I’m going to go to the school campus, up the stairs, go to my bags and get my AR and shoot people in the main courtyard and wait, and people will die,” the shooter said in the first video.

“Today is the day, the day it all starts,” he said in the second video. “All the children will be in fear and will hide.”

The third video was previously released and shows the shooter speaking to the camera.

“Hello, my name is Nick, and I will be the next school shooter of 2018,” he said in the video. “My goal is to have at least 20 people with an AR-15 and some tracer rounds. The location is Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida. It’s going to be a great event.”

The shooter can also be heard laughing in part of the video.

“When you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am. You’re all going to die,” he said. “I can not wait.”

John C. Dent