Florida shooting suspect accused of killing 17 ordered held without bond
PARKLAND, FL (WOIO) - The Broward County Jail released the mug shot for alleged high school shooter Nikolas Jacob Cruz.
Hours later, the 19-year-old made his first court appearance still wearing a hospital gown from his treatment for labored breathing.
Cruz was ordered held without bond and booked into jail.
He's charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
According to jail records, Cruz is 5-foot-7 and weighs 131 pounds.
He was held over night by the Broward County Sheriff's Office and transferred to the county jail early Thursday morning.
Officials say 17 people were killed and more than a dozen were injured when Cruz opened fire at the time of dismissal on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
A GoFundMe page, set up by the Broward Education Foundation, is raising money to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting.
Police and government officials provided an update Thursday morning regarding the ongoing investigation.
"The violence has to stop," pleads Florida Gov. Rick Scott. "We cannot lose another child in this country to violence in a school."
President Donald Trump also addressed the nation Thursday morning.
"Our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families," said President Trump.
He had this message for America's children:
I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer or a faith leader. Answer hate with love. Answer cruelty with kindness. We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life that creates deep and meaningful human connections and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.
He also vowed to tackle mental health issues.
"We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health," said President Trump.
The 19-year-old suspect used to attend Stoneman Douglas High School. He allegedly used a .223 caliber AR-15-style rifle during the shooting.
"We believe we know where the weapon came from, but we're still piecing that together," says Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
Cruz is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 2 p.m.
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