Suspect exclaimed 'kill me' after Florida school shooting

Lester Mason
August 7, 2018

Three weeks later, however, the Broward Sheriff's Office received a tip that Cruz posted on Instagram his intention to shoot up the school.

Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of the attack, which also wounded 17 others. He told Curcio that the second attempt happened two months before the February 14 mass shooting and only made him sick. "Kill. Destroy. anything." He said he had started hearing the voice after his adopted father died in 2004, but "it started getting worse when my mom passed" in November 2017. Cruz said the voice had told him to hurt people the day before the shooting.

Two hours later, when Curcio left the room to see about recovering Cruz's phone, the suspect raged: "I want to die".

When Curcio left the room, he repeats over and over: "Why didn't he kill me?"

At another point, his brother Zachary Cruz is brought in. He told the suspect that "people think you're a monster" and asked, "Why did you do this?" The rest of his response is redacted.

Stoneman Douglas senior Mei-ling Ho-Shing is one of those students who kept busy during the holiday. His attorneys say he would plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence, but prosecutors have rejected that offer.

Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson following a shooting at the school.

The consultant found that the district largely followed the laws, providing special education to the shooter starting when he was 3 years old and had already been kicked out of day care.

The transcript's release, coming just days before students begin a new school year at Stoneman Douglas, is the latest disclosure officials have made since the massacre in Broward County, which set off a wave of investigations into how authorities reacted to the shooting itself and the litany of warning signs that preceded it.

Portions of the video confession is expected to be released on Tuesday.

The transcript indicated Cruz was cooperative when answering Curcio's questions and so soft-spoken that the detective asked the suspect to raise his voice "unless you want me to sit in your lap".

The 216-page transcript of the statement, which his defense attorneys had sought to suppress, was released Monday by the state attorney's office overseeing the case, under a state judge's order. Though Cruz's mother agreed with the recommendation, he was at that time a legal adult and chose to stay at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Among the conclusions in the report, authored by the Collaborative Educational Network of Tallahassee, are two glaring instances in which Broward school officials failed to act in accordance with laws governing the treatment of students with disabilities.

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