The gunman who shot up a Florida high school was identified as Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19.
Some authorities say his first name is spelled Nikolas.
Local media reported he was a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, north of Miami.
Fox News is reporting that 17 people were killed.
One student told WJXT that “everyone predicted” the shooting, which killed multiple people, according to police.
“Honestly, a lot of people were saying it was gonna be him,” the unnamed student told the news station. He said kids joked around that the student would be the one to “shoot up the school.”
“It turns out, everyone predicted it,” the student said, adding the suspect knew the layout of the school.
“Everyone predicted it,” a student said about the
— Vic Micolucci WJXT (@WJXTvic) February 14, 2018
“Yeah, he was on the third floor. He knows the school layout, he knows where everyone would be at as of right now,” the student said. “He’s been with us in fire drills, he’s prepared for this stuff.”
Sheriff Scott Israel said he didn’t know why the student left the school, as he was not currently enrolled.
A teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland told the Miami Herald the suspect was seen as a potential threat in the past, as he allegedly threatened students last year.
“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” teacher Jim Gard, who claimed to be a former teacher of the suspect’s, told the Herald. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
One student told WSVN he “stayed clear of [the suspect] most of the time.”
“My time in alternate school, I did not want to be with him at all because I didn’t want to cause any conflict with him, because of the impression he gave off,” the student said of the shooter.
While some teachers said he demonstrated warning signs, Superintendent Robert Runcie said he was not aware of any specific warnings the school district had received regarding the shooter.
An Instagram page apparently belonging to Cruz showed pictures of guns and knives.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was under lockdown as police rushed to the scene.
The young man believed to be the suspect was wearing a maroon shirt as police led him off to a squad car in an area off school grounds. Video provided to WSVN appeared to show officers cuffing the suspect in the grass.
— Franklin White (@FranklinWSVN) February 14, 2018
“A 7News viewer says this video came from her little brother, showing the SWAT team evacuating his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after this afternoon’s shooting.”
A 7News viewer says this video came from her little brother, showing the SWAT team evacuating his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after this afternoon's shooting.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) February 14, 2018
President Trump tweeted: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.