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'So many signs' Florida shooting suspect was 'mentally disturbed'

'So many signs' Florida shooting suspect was 'mentally disturbed'

The White House says President Donald Trump will address the nation about the Broward County school shooting at 11 a.m. EST.

Republican lawmakers are likely to push back on such calls, as they have after past shootings, focusing - as Trump did in Thursday's tweet - on issues like mental illness.

President Donald Trump says Wednesday's mass shooting turned a Florida school into a "scene of bad violence, hatred and evil".

Hours later, Bennight said MS agents visited him again, asking him against if he knew Cruz.

The statements from Trump, who often takes the Republican line of blaming mass shootings on "evil", echo his statements after the Pulse nightclub and San Bernardino shootings, when he said that a fear of racial profiling prevented neighbors from talking to authorities.

"I know he had his own problems, but I never thought he would be capable of this", Santos said.

The suspected gunman, identified as Nikolas Cruz, was also wounded but was released from the hospital and was in custody, an NBC News report said, quoting authorities.

A former teacher of Cruz told reporters Wednesday that the school may have targeted the boy as a potential threat to other students.

The incident was the most deadly school shooting in the USA since the December 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 26 people - 20 first-graders and six staff members - were killed. Another online comment reportedly read, "I wanna die Fighting killing s**t ton of people".




The 19-year-old suspect in a deadly school shooting in Florida has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

School officials said Cruz was attending another school in Broward County after his expulsion. He is being held in the Broward County Jail without bond.

A heavily armed young man barged into his former high school about an hour northwest of Miami on Wednesday. Cruz is now in custody at the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Seventeen people were killed, including an athletic coach who reportedly shielded students from the bullets.

Images have begun circulating on social media that are apparently taken from two separate Instagram accounts belonging to Mr Cruz.

The official is familiar with the investigation into the school shooting but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Jim Lewis, the family's lawyer, told WPTV: "They are heartbroken".

It is one of the deadliest school shootings since 26 people were killed at a CT school in 2012.


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