A student from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which was rocked by this week’s mass shooting, has revealed how the gunman spared his life before he went on his sickening rampage.
Gunman Nikolas Cruz went on a murderous rampage in his old high school with his AR-15 assault rifle, killing 17 people which included students and teachers, but not before warning another student, Chris McKenna.
The 15-year-old claimed that Cruz, who was expelled from high school for disciplinary and ‘behavioural reasons’, claimed he warned him just minutes before carrying out the sickening act.
Speaking to a local newspaper, McKenna encountered Cruz who advised him to ‘get out of here’ and warned him that ‘Things are gonna start getting messy’.
Chris says he froze for a minute before he went to warn assistant football coach Aaron Feiswho was unlocking the school gates – he was labelled a hero in the aftermath of the tragedy after he died protecting students from Cruz’s bullets.
Speaking to Sun-Sentinel McKenna said:
I told him I saw a gun.
He said ‘let me go check it out.’ Then he drove me to the baseball field, dropped me off, and went back to the school. That’s the last I saw of him.
Feis was among the three staff members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida, who was killed in the shooting. According to witness accounts, he threw himself in front of students to protect them from the gunfire and was fatality wounded, he was taken to hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
McKenna also revealed that three of his classmates were killed in the shooting, with another injured.
Speaking to the Sun-Sentinel, Chris said the event had left him:
… in shock. . That’s the only thing I can feel right now.
Cruz, who made his first court appearance yesterday, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, he is currently being held without bail and is yet to enter a plea.
Reports have trickled in – in the aftermath of the shooting – that the FBI and his school were aware of the potential danger Cruz presented.
FBI agent Rob Lasky, who is in charge of the investigation, said:
We are looking into his social media posts, his movements, his conversations leading up to the shooting, as well as any other indicators that may be out there.
Students as young as 14 have been confirmed to be among the dead.
This week’s shooting at the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School marks the 18th mass shooting in America this year.