Suspected Parkland mass murderer Nikolas Cruz may have tried to break a third-floor window at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to create what law enforcement sources described to CBS News this week as a "sniper's nest." However, the teenager eventually abandoned his gun and ammunition—both of which included magazines engraved with swastikas, cops told CBS and also CNN.
More details have emerged about the school shooting that left 17 people dead and more injured on February 14 as officials and witnesses familiar with the investigation leak information to news outlets. For instance, an Uber driver who said she picked up Cruz at about 2 PM the day of the shooting told CBS Miami the teen was carrying a large object and mentioned he was headed to music class. Once he was dropped off, the 19-year-old apparently headed to the freshman building, where officials now say it seems like he tried to shoot through the window but might not have been able to do so because it was hurricane-proof.
Law enforcement also suggested the shooter's gun may have jammed before he abandoned it and a vest he was wearing to blend in with the crowd and flee. He had an additional 180 rounds that might have been fired.
Although a neo-Nazi group called the Republic of Florida previously tried to claim Cruz as a member, its leader has since walked back his statements. Police in Tallahassee, Florida, where the group is based, suggested the shooter was not overtly involved with the group.
The 19-year-old is currently being held without bail in the Broward County Jail, where he's awaiting trial on 17 premeditated counts of murder. His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
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