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Trump says Florida school shooter showed 'many signs' he was 'mentally disturbed'



WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The day after one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, President Donald Trump tweeted about how there were "many signs" the suspect was "mentally disturbed."

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with multiple counts of premeditated murder in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and multiple others injured. Cruz was a student at the school until he was expelled.

"So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior," Trump said in his tweet. "Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!"

The Associated Press reports at least one student accused Cruz of fighting his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend and said that he had abused her.

"I think everyone had in their minds if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him," student Victoria Olvera told The AP.

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Trump tweeted out his condolences to the victims and their families the day before.


The Associated Press says Cruz is an orphan whose mother died in November. The AP reports Cruz was staying with a family friend, whose lawyer says they knew that Cruz owned an AR-15.

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