VIDEO: Cellphone video of shooting inside Florida classroom. Video courtesy of CBS News.

Who is Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, accused gunman in Florida high school attack?

Police have taken Nikolas Cruz into custody after a shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was taken into custody off-campus, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. 

Cruz was taken from the school by ambulance to a hospital nearby. 

Israel confirmed that 17 people were killed in the attack.

The shooting began around 2 p.m. at the large school complex located in Broward County in southern Florida.

The Miami Herald reports that a teacher at the school said Cruz, 19, had been identified as a potential threat to fellow students in the past.

Math teacher Jim Gard told the Harold, “There were problems with him last year threatening students, I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

Here’s what we know now (according to police):

  • The shooting started outside the building, then Cruz went into the school and continued shooting.
  • He had “multiple” magazines of ammuniton
  • He had an AR-15 weapon
  • He had a gas mask and “smoke grenades”
  • He pulled the fire alarm as he went into the school and then began shooting
  • He had “disturbing” material on social media accounts.
  • He is 5’8” tall
  • He has red hair
  • He was wearing a maroon shirt and black pants
  • He was taken into custody off-campus
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