Suspect exclaimed 'kill me' after Florida school shooting

Suspect exclaimed 'kill me' after Florida school shooting

Suspect exclaimed 'kill me' after Florida school shooting

Cruz said the voice would tell him to burn, kill and destroy.

Cruz, a former Stoneman Douglas student, roamed the hallways of the 1200 building on campus February 14 for several minutes, targeting victims huddled in classrooms on the first and second floors, killing 14 students and three school employees in one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern United States history. While authorities had previously said Cruz acknowledged that "he was the gunman who entered the school campus. and began shooting students", the newly-released transcript shows for the first time much of what he told police the day of the February 14 massacre and sheds light on his state of mind after the bloodshed.

In response, Cruz reportedly said to the detective, "I don't like the demon", over and over. Once alone, Cruz repeated "Why didn't he kill me?" five times, according to the transcript. He told Curcio the voice appeared after his father died about 15 years ago but got worse after his mother died of pneumonia in November. "When you see me on the news, you'll all know who I am", he said. You could have stopped the demon any time you want.

"You could have stopped the demon by getting a prescription for marijuana".

The suspect argued, insisting Curcio was wrong. But Curcio later brought Cruz's brother, Zachary, into the interview room and sat in on their conversation. "It's just regular me just trying to be a good person".

"Kill me", he muttered to himself, finishing with a stream of despairing expletives.

Cruz (above last Friday in court) said he heard a voice in his head and had been hearing them for years.

He told the suspect that "people think you're a monster" and asked, "Why did you do this?"

When asked why he chose an AR-15, Cruz says it is "cool looking".

Cruz will face the death penalty if convicted on the murder charges.

Details of the shooting are blacked out, but the transcript is otherwise wide-ranging, dealing with the death of Cruz's parents, his penchant for killing animals, his former girlfriend, his brother, guns, suicide attempts and, especially, the voice.

Since the attack, authorities have released footage of the law enforcement response at the school, made public some 911 calls from the attack and published a timeline of what unfolded. School officials' attempt to hide the blacked-out text, however, failed, and information about the shooter's school history was subsequently easily accessed. Survivors of the massacre and their relatives have asked media groups not to give the alleged attacker the attention he described, echoing what others have said about limiting coverage of mass killers after previous attacks.

Police released the transcript of his first interview with police on Monday evening.

Prosecutors in Broward County, Florida redacted some parts because under state law, the "substance" of the confession must be held back until played at a pre-trial hearing or during the trial itself.

The Associated Press, along with other news outlets, sought the release of the 216-page heavily redacted transcript, which was disclosed Monday.

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