‘You’ll All Know Who I Am’ Parkland Suspect Said in Video
May 30, 2018
With a chilling lack of emotion and a meticulous plan, the teenager charged with killing 17 people at the high school in Parkland, Fla., he once attended announced his goals on three short videos recorded on his cellphone before the shooting. “When you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am,” he said. “You’re all going to die.”
He mimicked the sound of video game gunfire — “pew, pew, pew” — and added: “Can’t wait.”
The accused gunman, a 19-year-old with a history of mental health and behavior problems, mentioned four times in just over two minutes of recordings released Wednesday the same aim that has motivated many youthful perpetrators of mass shootings across the country: He wanted his name to be remembered.
The first video was recorded on Feb. 8, six days before the shooting. Another was filmed on Feb. 11. A third was apparently made the day of the attack. “Today is the day,” he declared.
The video was made public by the Broward State Attorney’s Office, which has announced that it will seek the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, who faces 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder in the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Even before the shooting, the suspect had posted a comment on YouTube saying he wished to be a “professional school shooter.”