Cell footage of Parkland shooter plotting massacre released

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Cellphone footage has been released that shows Nickolas Cruz in the hours before he opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The disturbing videos give insight into a deranged individual who excitedly plotted the massacre and looked forward to the fame and notoriety it would bring him.

“Hello, my name is Nik, and I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018. My goal is at least 20 people with an AR-15 and a couple tracer rounds,” Cruz said as he filmed himself before carrying out a shooting that killed 17 people.

“The location is Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida. It’s gonna be a big event, and when you see me on the news, you’ll know who I am,” Cruz said. He then chuckled and said in a high-pitched tone, “You’re all going to die! Pew pew pew pew pew. Ah yeah. Can’t wait.”

In the next video, Cruz is wearing what appears to be a bright orange shirt, khaki shorts, black tennis shoes, and a black cast on his arm. With the camera aimed at the ground, he can be heard saying, “Today is the day. The day that it all begins. The day of my massacre shall begin. All the kids in school will run in fear and hide. From the wrath of my power, they will know who I am.

“I am nothing. I am no one. My life is nothing and meaningless. Everything I hold dear I let go,” Cruz said in a monotone voice. In addition to a troubled past that included dozens of incidents in school and numerous reports to the police, Cruz was also reportedly taking antidepressants for depression and emotional issues.

I hate everyone and everything. With the power of my AR, you will all know who I am,” Cruz continued. “I’ve had enough being told what to do and when to do it. I’ve had enough of people telling me I’m an idiot and a dumbass. In real life, you’re all the dumbass. You’re all stupid and brainwashed by the political government programs. You will all see. You will all know who my name is.”


Comment: Contrary to Cruz’s delusional self-image, he is in fact an idiot and dumbass. He can barely string together a coherent sentence.

Cruz recounted his plan for the shooting on Feb. 14, noting that he intended to take an Uber to the school before 2:40 p.m. with his gear. According to a report from the Sun Sentinel, Cruz was picked up by an Uber at 2:06 p.m. and dropped off at the school at 2:19 p.m. He then entered the freshman building at 2:21 p.m.

The shooting reportedly lasted 7 minutes, which included enough time for a freshman student named Chris McKenna to find Cruz loading his rifle, and then to flee to get help when Cruz told him, “things are gonna start getting messy.”

The school confirmed that Cruz exited the building at 2:28 p.m. and blended in with other students who were fleeing campus. Given that he may have set off more warning signs if he had been fully clothed in body armor when he was riding in an Uber or entering the school, the timeline gives him just 7 minutes to load his rifle, put on his body armor, shoot 31 people, discard the gun and the body armor and then exit the building.

While Cruz did not mention the presence of body armor in the video, he did mention it in a group chat on Instagram he shared details about the firearms he owned, made racist comments and shared his desire to commit mass murder, according to a report from CNN.

In one message, Cruz wrote, “Guys I got paid 330. I am buying body armor.” He then posted receipts that documented his purchase and asked the group if it was legal to wear body armor in school. When a member asked why he wanted to know, Cruz replied, “School shooters.”

Cruz is currently facing life in prison, and the videos were released by prosecutors on Wednesday. Andrew Pollack, the father of one of the girls who was killed, told the Sun-Sentinel that at the very least, the videos should serve as evidence that Cruz is not eligible for an insanity plea.

“It just shows this kid was competent. This whole thing was premeditated murder. This kid knew exactly what he was doing,” Pollack said.

While Stoneman Douglas High School has yet to release surveillance footage of the shooting, the videos of Cruz plotting the massacre are the first evidence the public has been given to show that Cruz was the culprit.

One of the most notable things about the videos from Nickolas Cruz is that he believed his life was meaningless and hoped that by carrying out the massacre, he would gain the fame and notoriety that mass shooters before him have received. That alone serves as a troubling reminder that the mass shootings that have happened in the United States in recent years have much deeper roots than what can be solved by passing more laws.

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Teacher Who Stopped Indiana School Shooter: There Was No Other Choice

Presented with the most dangerous decision of his life, Jason Seaman didn’t see it as a decision at all ― just something that had to be done.

“I deeply care for my students and their wellbeing,” the 7th-grade science teacher said at a Monday morning press conference. “So that is why I did what I did.”

“My actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done given the circumstances,” he added.

Last Friday, a teenager armed with two handguns entered Seaman’s classroom at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana, and opened fire. The 29-year-old football coach and former college defensive lineman reacted almost immediately, running at the teen and tackling him to the ground as he told students to dial 911.

One bullet passed through Seaman’s abdomen. He took another to his hip and still another to his forearm, according to Facebook comments from his mom, Kristi.

Student Ella Whistler was also shot. The 13-year-old, whose family said Saturday that she was in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, was reportedly improving as of Monday.

“I can’t say enough how proud of Ella I am and how we all should be,” Seaman said Monday. “Her courage and strength at such a young age is nothing short of remarkable, and we should all continue to keep her in our minds as she continues to recover.”

Authorities have credited Seaman’s actions for quickly ending a situation that could have become far worse. But on Monday he sought to refocus that praise elsewhere, calling himself “a person who isn’t looking for attention.”

In addition to Ella, Seaman highlighted the actions of an “unbelievably brave” school resource officer who quickly reached the classroom and helped Ella as she fought for her life.

Seaman also offered thanks to a Noblesville High School student who set up a charity page online to help pay his medical bills. 

“I can’t really fathom how someone I have not personally met would do such an act of kindness,” he said, “and how the Noblesville community has been so generous in its response to it.” 

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Accused Texas shooter’s father blames bullying for son’s rampage

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The father of the 17-year-old charged with killing 10 people at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, said Monday that his son was a “good boy” and had been “mistreated at school.”

Antonios Pagourtzis said in a brief phone interview with The Wall Street Journal that his son Dimitrios was bullied and “I believe that’s what was behind” the shooting.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held without bond at the Galveston County Jail after he allegedly burst into an art classroom Friday morning at Santa Fe High School armed with a shotgun and pistol and opened fire, before surrendering to police. In a probable cause statement, authorities said he admitted to the shooting.

The Santa Fe Independent School District didn’t respond to requests for comment on whether Dimitrios Pagourtzis was bullied. On Saturday, it denied reports that he was bullied by high-school coaches in this small rural Texas town southeast of Houston.

Nicholas Poehl, a lawyer hired by the Pagourtzis family to represent their son, said Monday that the teen had been bullied but declined to go into specifics. He said he was still trying to ascertain details, including how school officials responded.

The elder Mr. Pagourtzis, who owns a shipping repair company based in Houston, said his family was distraught over the mass shooting.

“I only went to grammar school. I left from my village in northern Greece when I was 12. I only had the clothes I wore and an extra pair of boots,” he said. “This country treated us well. I worked hard and became a shipowner. I had three ships, which I sold.”

“Now,” he added, “our lives are shattered.”

The Pagourtzis family was active in a close-knit Greek community in the Houston area and attended church at St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Webster, about 14 miles from the high school.

The tiny church, located inside a small, brick house in a quiet, residential area, has about 100 families, parishioners said. On Sunday, a police officer was stationed outside. Clergy at the church couldn’t be reached for comment. Members declined to discuss the family.

One woman, who has been attending the church for years and didn’t want to give her name, said Dimitrios Pagourtzis had long been involved in traditional Greek dancing at Greek festivals in the area. The woman said she had seen him dancing on Mother’s Day Weekend at an annual Greek festival in nearby Clear Lake City.

“He looked happy and smiling,” she said. “I remember him as a young boy – nice, polite. He had been practicing dancing all these years.”

The woman said that she would see Dimitrios’s mother at church regularly and would make small talk with her. She described her as “friendly and beautiful.”

The woman said the local Greek community was grappling with the revelation that the young boy they had seen dance for so many years was allegedly the same teenager who had gunned down classmates at Santa Fe High.

“I am very upset,” she said. “I believed he was this wonderful, young guy.”

During Friday’s shooting, Dimitrios Pagourtzis was armed with a Remington shotgun and a .38 caliber pistol, according to the probable cause statement. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the guns belonged to the elder Mr. Pagourtzis.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in the process of running traces on the weapons to determine their purchase history.

Antonios Pagourtzis wouldn’t comment in his interview with the Journal on how his son acquired the weapons.

In an interview with Greek Antenna Television on Saturday, Antonios Pagourtzis confirmed the guns were his. “I have guns, I am a hunter and had a farm which I rented in the 1980s,” he said, speaking in Greek. “The guns in my house are legal and declared.”

The elder Mr. Pagourtzis has faced criminal charges 10 times in Harris County, Texas, since the 1980s, court records show. Three of the cases led to convictions – an illegal dumping case in 2008 and two liquor-related cases from the ’80s. In the most recent case, he was charged with assault with bodily injury in 2012, court records show. The case was dismissed.

In 1988, the year he and his second wife, Robin, divorced, Mr. Pagourtzis was indicted on a charge of child-custody interference, records show. The case was dismissed. That same year, a judge awarded him primary custody of the couple’s two young children, both now in their 30s.

Lawyer Peter Dadinis, who has represented Mr. Pagourtzis in the past, referred questions to Mr. Poehl. Mr. Poehl declined to comment on the elder Mr. Pagourtzis’ legal history, saying he isn’t his client.

In the Antenna interview, Mr. Pagourtzis also described his son as “the family’s pillar.”

He never got into a fight with anyone. I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I hope God helps me and my family understand. We are all devastated. It would have been better if he shot me than all those kids.”

He said when he saw Dimitrios on Saturday for 20 minutes during a jail visit, his son had his head down.

“He could not look at me in the eyes. He is confused, can’t remember what happened. He said he wants to apologize to his sisters. He said he’ll be strong and help us see this through,” the elder Mr. Pagourtzis said.

Mr. Pagourtzis said in the Antenna interview that he asked relatives in Greece to light three candles: one for the victims, one for Dimitrios Pagourtzis and one for the Pagourtzis family. “I’ve lost my son like those parents that lost theirs,” he said.

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As Texas Shooter Killed Unarmed Citizens, FBI Admits Armed Citizens Stopped 4 Recent Mass Shootings

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On Friday, a deranged teenager broke multiple gun laws—that were in place to prevent exactly what happened—and began shooting up Santa Fe High School in Texas. All the gun control measures in place did not stop a criminal juvenile from obtaining two guns and walking onto his school campus to kill people. What actually stopped him, however, was guns, lots of them.

The police officers responding to the shooting were all heavily armed and it was only because of their weapons that they brought in the shooter. Good guys with guns are what stop bad guys with guns.

However, police cannot be everywhere all the time. If citizens were disarmed and were forced to rely entirely on police to protect them, rest assured that the bad guys who don’t follow the law would rain terror down on the defenseless population.

In fact, according to a recent FBI report, good guys with guns—who are not police officers—have stopped multiple mass shootings, just like the one in Santa Fe, Texas.

According to the FBI report, citizens successfully intervened in eight active shooter incidents in 2016 and 2017. These heroic citizens prevented or helped to stop what could’ve been some of the worst shooting incidents in US history.

As the report notes, citizens “safely and successfully” ended the shooting by confronting the shooter—not police.

“Their selfless actions likely saved many lives,” the report stated.

Out of those eight incidents, four of the heroic citizens were carrying legal firearms and stopped the shooters in their tracks. In two of those incidents, the citizens actually exchanged fire with the shooters, illustrating how a properly trained—and armed—citizen can be an effective deterrent in mass shootings.

In the other two incidents, the armed citizens held the shooters at gunpoint until police arrived.

One of the most high profile cases of citizen intervention in a mass shooting happened in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last year.

According to The New York Post:

The man hailed as a hero for confronting the Texas mass shooter during his rampage is a sharpshooting plumber with no military background — who hit the gunman through a gap in his body armor, according to a report.

 

Stephen Willeford managed to shoot Devin Kelley before jumping in another man’s truck and chasing him down, the Daily Mail reported…

 

Texas Department of Public Safety chief Freeman Martin said Willeford “grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect” after Kelley left the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where he opened fire with an assault rifle and killed 26 people.

 

An area resident told the paper that Willeford, an avid biker who attends another church, learned about the shooting when his daughter called to say a man clad in body armor was shooting worshipers.

 

The local said that although Willeford has no military background, he didn’t hesitate when he came face to face with the suspect — and managed to squeeze off a round that struck the gunman, who had dropped his Ruger AR-15 variant.

On that fateful Sunday morning, the two men were strangers but came together to try and stop an act of heinous evil that likely saved countless lives.

In another incident, just nine days after the shooting in Texas, Travis Green began shooting up a Dollar General store in Cheektowaga, New York. A citizen ran down Green with his car, causing him to drop his gun and flee. Countless lives were saved that day.

According to the report, there were actually 50 active shooter incidents. In the other incidents, police officers—with guns—moved in to prevent further carnage and 11 of the shooters were killed by police.

The FBI defined these incidents as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” Nearly 10 percent of them were stopped by good guys with guns. Nearly twenty percent were stopped by citizens and not the police.

As the gun grabbers begin to use this incident to pass more laws that criminals will not follow and that will disarm law abiding citizens, remember that even the government admits that the thing most likely to stop a bad guy with a gun…is a good guy with a gun.

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At least 10 dead in Santa Fe High School; shooter had multiple guns, bombs

ed note–The usual commentary here for events of this type–

As usual, all discussion and debate will center on– 

A. Less guns…

B. More guns…

or 

C. How this was all just one big, elaborately staged ‘hoax’ where no shooting took place, where no one died, and where crisis actors were used… 

Instead of the discussion that needs to take place, which is the role that Hollywood and the JMSM have DIRECTLY played in turning America into a nation of natural born psychopathic killers with no remorse and no pity as a necessary precursor to utilizing the military might and political muscle of the United States for murdering 2 billion Muslims around the world in Zion’s much planned for ‘Clash of Civilizations’. 

The other usual commentary is as follows–

Get used to it. This type of event is here to stay as long as the American people allow Judea, Inc unfettered, instant, and open access to their minds, hearts and souls.

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At least 10 people died Friday morning in gunfire at Santa Fe High school, law enforcement officials confirmed, while at least a dozen others were injured, according to area hospitals.

Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said via Twitter.

The dead are expected to include students and staff, according to a senior law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak about the investigation.

The assailant was armed with an AR-15 style rifle, a pistol, a shotgun and pipe bombs, the official said.

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“Officers inside encountered a bloody mess in the school,” the source said, adding, “Evidently this guy threw pipe bombs all in there. We don’t know if any of them went off.”

The bloodshed 30 miles south of Houston is the worst mass shooting in America since February, when 17 people were gunned down at a high school in Parkland, Florida, according to a database of shootings maintained by the Washington Post.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said the first reports of a shooting came in around 7:45 a.m. this morning. He said during a press briefing that “suspected material” has been found off campus and that people should not touch anything that they find that looks suspicious, and should call 911.

11:10 a.m.: The official identified an injured police officer as John Barnes, a former Houston police officer who was retired and working with the school’s police department. He was shot in the shoulder and is not critically wounded, the source said.

11:04 a.m.: Sheriff Gonzalez told reporters the number of dead could rise as high as 10. The suspect is believed to be a student, he said, and most of the dead are students. It is still a “very active” scene at the school, with a bomb squad and police checking to make sure the area is secure, he said.

11 a.m.: Gyl Switzer, executive director of Texas Gun Sense, issued a statement: “Our hearts go out to those affected by today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Texas. We Texans love our children. We must do a better job of protecting them. There are proven strategies to reduce senseless gun violence. Today, Texas Gun Sense re-doubles our commitment to stop the killing. Work with us.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier issued a statement offering thoughts and prayers.

10:53 a.m.: Yesterday, David Hogg, a student from the Parkland high school that reginited a national conversation on gun control, had a chilling premonition. He said gun violence kept him up at night.

“There is someone alive right now that will not be alive at this time tomorrow and has never even thought about gun violence, but everyone around them will have to for the rest of their lives,” he told reporters at an engagement in Los Angeles.

10:47 a.m.: Tenth grader Dakota Shrader said he heard alarms go off and students exited to a grassy area, waiting for an all-clear as in a normal fire drill. Then he heard three gunshots and screams of “Run! Run!”

Shrader ran as fast as he could to a wooded area, started having an asthma attack and called his mother.

“The world, I just don’t like what it’s becoming,” Shrader said. “Every school shooting, kids getting killed, innocent kids getting killed. No family should have to suffer that just because somebody wants to be selfish and go out and hurt other people. It’s just not right at all.”

10:45 a.m.: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement: “The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by today’s tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”

10:40 a.m.: Trey Lemley, 17, said he was in the school’s first floor art room when a shooter walked in, his sister, Courtney Lemley, 19, said.

Trey dropped his phone and barricaded himself inside one of the room’s two closets, she said. When he left, he saw three bodies and pools of blood.

Courtney and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Austin Evans, graduated from the school last year. They said the art room is located near a main, back exit of the school, and the room itself has an exit that leads to the parking lot.

After being turned away from the school, Courtney and Evans walked to Arcadian First Baptist Church, where Courtney’s mother works.

In the parking lot, National Guardsmen gathered supplies before driving towards the school in a military vehicle. Small groups began to gather in the church’s parking lot, staring at their cell phones and sharing details they heard from friends and from news outlets

10:35 a.m.: The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has received three patients, the hospital reported on social media. Two are adults and one is under 18.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster received seven injured students, a spokeswoman for that facility said. Previous reports that an injured officer was taken there are wrong, she said. Two other injured students were taken to Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, she said.

The conditions of all of the injured are unknown.

EARLIER:

An unidentified law enforcement officer was shot, but sources said he was “clipped” and was not seriously injured.

One source said the gunman was a male, but could provide no further information.

The shooter has been “arrested and secured,” said Santa Fe HS Assistant Principal Dr. Cris Richardson.

Several other students as well as an officer was injured in the shooting.

Joe Gamaldi with the Houston Police Officers Union tweeted, “Please keep the officers in your prayers as one officer is being life flighted to the hospital.”

Students described the gunfire, which broke out about 7:30 a.m.

Junior Liberty Wheeler, 14, was in class when she heard five shots ring out near the art room.

Her teacher told them to run toward the theater department’s storage room, where they hid for 45 minutes before being escorted outside by the SWAT team.

“You could smell the gunpowder that came from the gun,” Wheeler recalled as she was escorted out of the building. “We were all scared because it was near us.”

Paige Curry, a junior at the school, said “I was sitting in my classroom and I heard very loud booms and I didn’t know what they were. I was confused but after I heard screaming, I figured out what they were, got up immediately and started to run. I almost ran out of the school but I hid instead with the other students. I was there for maybe 30 minutes I was on the phone with my mom the whole time. They found us and escorted us.”

“There were a lot of people, a lot of different suits so I wasn’t really sure but I think they were SWAT.”

“I was very, very scared but I managed to keep calm, especially with my mom on the phone.”

“I heard people were hurt and the gunshots were from a classroom maybe three doors down. I heard five [shots] maybe. It was one boom, then another boom very loud. It wasn’t rapid.”

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is treating two patients, their conditions not yet being disclosed, said spokesman Raul Reyes. He said more patients are expected, including one currently being transported from the branch’s League City hospital.

He said a helicopter with at least one patient is on the way and more ambulances are expected.

Officers in tactical gear were deployed into the school. Outside, groups of students evacuated from the building are being patted down by authorities.

Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were sent to assist Galveston County officers on the scene, according to a tweet by HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The ATF also confirmed it responded to the scene.

Richardson said he could not confirm whether there was more than one shooter.

“We hope the worst is over,” he said.

No further information was immediately available.

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Texas school on lockdown amid reports of active shooter (WATCH LIVE)

Images from the scene show the extent of the police presence, with students lined up outside the premises.

Speaking to reporters on the scene, Assistant Principal Dr Cris Richardson confirmed that one person had been arrested and is in custody. However, she could not confirm any casualties.

Galveston County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have confirmed that their officers are responding to the incident.

There has been no official confirmation of injuries in the incident, but one local media outlet is reporting that at least one person has been shot in the leg.

Speaking to ABC 13, student Leila Butler said that at 7:45am the school fire alarms went off and students fled their classrooms. She says that some fellow students reported hearing shots.

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Georgia Highway Sniper 'Idolized' Parkland Shooter, Police Say

A gunman who targeted cars on a Georgia highway on Friday, injuring three people, “idolized” the suspected shooter in the massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to police.

Rex Whitmire Harbour, 26, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after carrying out a sniper-style attack on motorists driving along a state highway in Gainesville, Georgia, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch told reporters on Saturday.

Investigators searched Harbour’s home in Snellville, Georgia, and discovered a manifesto in which he stated his admiration for Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who Florida police say confessed to fatally shooting 17 people on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to Couch.

“We found handwritten documents written by Mr. Harbour and they were very disturbing,” Couch said. “He indicated that he idolized the mass shooter in the Parkland, Florida, shooting. … He called Nikolas Cruz a ‘hero’ and that Cruz gave him ‘courage and confidence.’”

“The remainder of the documents that I saw are very hate-filled in that regard,” he continued. “It appeared that he was targeting all Americans. Why? That I don’t know.”

Harbour used a handgun to fire at least 17 bullets from a wooded area along Georgia 365, roughly 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, shortly before noon on Friday before turning the gun on himself, according to police.

At least seven vehicles were shot, Couch said. Three people were injured in the attack, including two people who sustained gunshot wounds and another person who suffered minor injuries when a bullet shattered the windshield of her car. None of the injuries were life-threatening. 

While searching Harbour’s car, investigators found three handguns, a bolt-action rifle, a shotgun, a BB gun and “a lot of ammunition,” Couch said.

Police determined Harbour had no previous record of engaging in violent activities and his social media accounts suggested no affiliation with any “violent groups.”

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BSO Deputies Took Cover During Parkland Massacre, Cops Say — And One Knew Where Shooter Was

After a gunman opened fire on campus, Jorge Zapata, 16, a sophomore, hugs his mother Lavinia Zapata outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were taking cover behind cars and a tree as they responded to the worst school shooting in Florida history — even though one deputy said he knew where the shooter was, according to an officer report released Tuesday by the Coral Springs Police Department.

“I was advised by an unknown BSO Deputy taking cover behind a tree, ‘he is on the third floor,’ ” wrote Coral Springs officer Bryan Wilkins in a report recounting his arrival at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 and his subsequent actions to try to find the shooter and save lives.

Another Coral Springs cop who arrived at Stoneman Douglas within minutes of the shooting, Sgt. Nick Mazzei, confirmed that he saw BSO deputies “taking positions” outside the school and rushed past them, according to a report he filed that was also released Tuesday.

Although the BSO deputies arrived before Coral Springs police, they didn’t immediately attempt to track down shooter Nikolas Cruz or aid the wounded, according to the reports. Law enforcement officers around the county are trained to find and confront active shooters without delay. Seventeen people died at Stoneman Douglas.

The newly released reports suggest the problems with BSO’s response to the Parkland shooting go beyond the school’s resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson, who was at the school when the shooting began but never went into the freshman building attacked by Cruz. At least three other BSO deputies arrived on campus in time to hear gunfire but said they couldn’t locate where the shooting was taking place. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel held a news conference in February to announce Peterson’s resignation, saying he was “sick to my stomach” the deputy didn’t go inside.

Wilkins wrote that he arrived at Stoneman Douglas within two minutes of learning it was being shot up. BSO was already there.

“I saw approximately four Broward County Sheriff’s Office vehicles parked [on the road outside the school] … with their personnel taking up exterior positions behind their vehicles,” Wilkins wrote in the report. “I drove up just west of the campus building 1200, exited my vehicle, grabbed my AR-15 rifle and donned on my tactical/medical gear.”

That’s when he encountered the BSO deputy behind the tree who said he knew where Cruz was.

Wilkins says he and Coral Springs Detective Gil Monzon, along with an “unknown BSO Deputy,” then approached the freshman building where Cruz killed 17 people. They could see bullet holes in the windows and doors.

When Wilkins and Monzon entered, they found the dead and wounded. Cruz had already fled about five minutes before the officers went in, according to a timeline of the shooting released by BSO last month.

BSO has said its deputies did not know where the shooter was — but some of them may also have been waiting for SWAT officers before going in.

One Margate police officer who also responded to Stoneman Douglas wrote that when he arrived, a BSO deputy told him, “Standby SWAT is on the way,” according to a report released by the Margate Police Department last week.

“I informed the deputy that I was a SRT/SWAT operator and there was no time to wait,” Margate officer Chad Ryen wrote. “Based on my training and experience, I made the determination to make entry into the school.

BSO said it could not confirm the reports from Coral Springs that other deputies waited.

“There are different accounts of what happened,” said BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion in an email. “The only two [law enforcement officer] that have been confirmed as not making entry are BSO Deputy Scot Peterson and that Coral Springs PD Officer Burton.”

Concepcion was referring to Coral Springs officer Tim Burton, the first person from that department on the scene, who is credited by his commanders with providing information that led other police officers to enter Building 12. Burton did not immediately enter the building, saying that Peterson told him to watch out in case the shooter was planning an ambush.

Inside Building 12, Coral Springs officers who entered soon after were getting bad information on Cruz’s location, another report released Tuesday shows.

Sgt. Scott Myers said that Coral Springs dispatch told him Cruz was still inside the building as he made his way to the second floor of Building 12.

“Dispatch advised that they were watching the shooter via cctv,” Myers wrote. “We were advised over the radio that the shooter was preparing to exit the east stairwell on the second floor … We prepared to engage the shooter on the second floor.”

But the school security footage was on a roughly 20-minute tape delay, unbeknownst to Myers and his team of cops. That meant Cruz, who would be arrested an hour later off campus, was already gone. The miscommunication meant some officers were searching for Cruz in the wrong place.

“Our team transitioned to a rescue team and we evacuated every classroom on the second floor,” Myers stated.

So far, Peterson is the only BSO deputy to face repercussions for his actions that day. He remains the subject of a pending internal affairs investigation.

BSO has a contract to police the town of Parkland. Cops from neighboring Coral Springs also showed up at Stoneman Douglas to help, as did law enforcement personnel from around Broward County.

Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article209690164.html

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Police Release Body Cam Video Of YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam

California police have released body camera footage of YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam in her car in Mountain View calmly telling officers she wasn’t going to hurt anyone just hours before she opened fire at the company headquarters on April 3. 

Three people were wounded in the shooting later that day at the YouTube offices in San Bruno, about 30 miles away. Aghdam, 39, died at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Aghdam was apparently asleep in the backseat of her car in a parking lot in Mountain View when an officer spotted her shortly after 1:30 a.m. Police called in her license plate number and discovered she had been reported missing by her family in San Diego.

A male and female officer knocked on the window of the car and asked Aghdam if she was aware that her family was searching for her. 

“We didn’t get along together, so I left them,” Aghdam explained, adding that she drove straight to Mountain View from San Diego the previous day. Asked if she wanted to hurt herself or anybody else — or commit suicide, Aghdam responded: “No.” 

Asked why she picked Mountain View, Aghdam said: “I wanted to sleep around here. I wanted to get out of those areas, out of San Diego. I have memories I don’t want to have.” She said she wanted “somewhere new” with “no memories about [the] past.”

She said she wasn’t on medication. Police found no other official alerts about Aghdam and left her, but they called her father,  Ismail Aghdam, to tell him she had been located. He thanked them but later called to say that Aghdam was upset about YouTube and may have been in the area for that reason. But police said he did not warn them about the possibility of violence.

Police did not ask her if she had a gun. The 9-millimeter handgun she used in the shooting had been purchased legally. She went to a shooting range later that day before heading to the YouTube offices.

Mountain View police defended how they handled the situation.

“Our officers followed proper procedure and protocol. They checked on the welfare of a person who, at the time, was reported missing but whose actions, demeanor and answers did not present any information which would cause us to believe she would be a threat to herself or others,” said Chief Max Bosel.

“The tragedy of the incident at YouTube weighs heavily on our hearts, but we support and stand by the actions taken by our officers in their contact with Ms. Aghdam.”

Aghdam was a prolific social media user and had several YouTube channels in multiple languages, including English, Farsi and Turkish. Her videos often showed her dancing or cooking vegan recipes. Her Instagram account had more than 55,000 followers. She began to complain in the months before the shooting that YouTube was suppressing content and was discriminating against her.

“She was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life,” her brother, Shahran Aghdam, told the San Jose Mercury News from the family’s home in Menifee, California. 

Here’s the complete body cam video:

 

 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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