Daniel Huerfano, a student who fled Wednesday's attack, said he recognized Cruz from an Instagram photo in which Cruz posed with a gun in front of his face.
The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student, is in custody.
"After I started running with the people, I realized that wasn't the best choice because there was a janitor that thank God stopped me and all of my fellow students from going in that direction, towards the shooter", school senior David Hogg told ABC 13. When they heard the gunshots, the teacher unlocked the classroom door so Friend and her classmates could go back inside.
Many have argued that stricter gun legislation would have made it impossible for a troubled 19-year-old like Nikolas to ever get his hands on a semi-automatic rifle like the AR-15 used in the attack. She said he had been abusive to the girl.
Officials said they're dissecting the suspect's disturbing social media posts, without elaboration. During the three months Cruz lived there, he was respectful and quiet but also sad over his mother's death, the lawyer told the AP.
The family is devastated and shocked, Lewis said. "Our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families. I blame our government for not keeping us safe". Time and time again, the cycle of debate in the aftermath of mass shootings follows a depressingly familiar pattern: gun-control advocates call for tighter laws, while Republican lawmakers on the National Rifle Association payroll argue that criminals will always find a way-laws be damned. "And as a teacher, you try to bring them in to the fold, so to speak, in one way or another", he said. Furr also told Morning Edition that the suspect had been a client at mental health facilities.
Cruz appeared to have left an ominous comment on a MS mans YouTube channel in September. According to the Flyers, Gostisbehere learned how to skate at the Incredible Ice facility where the Florida Panthers practiced in Coral Springs, which is just miles from the high school.
"We need to think less about taking sides and fighting each other politically" and should instead pull together, Ryan said in comments that have become familiar. "Number two, how do we make sure that individuals with mental illness never touch a gun". It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we're making a difference.
If somebody is adjudicated mentally defective or has been committed to a mental institution, they are prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law.
"No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time location or the true identity of the person who made the comment", Lasky said.
There were some discussions at the White House on Wednesday night of a presidential statement on the shooting, but ultimately Trump and his team decided it was too early in the proceedings for him to appear on-camera, according to an official.
Towards the end of his speech, Trump called for substantive action, and said his primary focus was on securing schools and tackling the "difficult issue of mental health".
"I was happy that I was alive", Max said.
"You and I know that we can not arrest everybody that somebody thinks is risky", he added.