Woman says school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz made threats before massacre

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 19:00:03-04

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) —  New documents released by Florida prosecutors show that a woman whose daughter worked with Nikolas Cruz at a discount store says he told her before the Parkland massacre that he might shoot people at the school and possibly the woman as well.

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The statement was one of many made public Wednesday as part of the prosecution of 19-year-old Cruz in the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.

Giovanna Cantone told a detective that she was at the Dollar Tree store where her daughter and Cruz worked months before the shooting. Cantone said she told Cruz he had other options after getting expelled from Stoneman Douglas. That's when she says he told her he might just shoot up the school and her as well.

Other witnesses told investigators they saw Cruz practicing shooting in his backyard, that he had frequently harmed animals and was obsessed with weapons and killing.

Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted.