Prosecutors in the case against accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz have released cell phone videos allegedly taken by the gunman on the day of the shooting.
Cruz laid out his plans in chilling detail, saying that he planned to catch an Uber to the school — which he eventually did — and that his goal was to get to the third floor where he could have the visual advantage like a sniper. He was unable to carry out that particular part of his plan once the shooting started.
“I’m gonna go take Uber in the afternoon before 2:40 (p.m.). From there I’ll go into — onto school campus, walk up the stairs, unload my bags and get my AR and shoot people down at the man — what is it? — the main courtyard, wait, and people will die,”
He also made it clear in the video that he intended to use the shooting to gain notoriety for himself, saying, “Hello, my name is Nick 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. It’s going to be a big event. When you see me on the news you’ll know who I am. You’re all going to die. Pew pew pew pew pew. Ah yeah. Can’t wait.” (RELATED: As It Turns Out, Parkland Shooter WAS Referred To Alternative Discipline Program)
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died in Parkland, told the Sun-Sentinel that he had no interest in watching the videos. After reading the transcripts, he explained, “I already know what he did. He’s evil. Repulsive. He deserves to be dead. … He talked about how he was going to be someone now. It’s a level of thought that I can’t comprehend. It looks, from the words, like the kid had joy. I don’t want to see the delight he took in planning the murders of our children.”
Andrew Pollack, who also lost his daughter Meadow on February 14, said that the upside of the videos was that they proved premeditation. “It just shows this kid was competent. This whole thing was premeditated murder. This kid knew exactly what he was doing.”