School shooter Nikolas Cruz does not have any confirmed ties to a Florida-based white supremacist militia group, according to police.
Cruz is the 19-year-old suspected of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Grady Jordan told the Tallahassee Democrat that despite earlier reports, Cruz does not appear to have been a member of the Republic of Florida militia.
“We are still doing some work but we have no known ties between the ROF, Jordan Jereb or the Broward shooter,” Jordan said.
Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder after he went to his former high school, where he had been expelled for disciplinary reasons, and opened fire.
The shooting began near the end of the school day when Cruz pulled a fire alarm, prompting large numbers of students to enter the hallway where he fired on the crowd.
He then tried to escape through the crowds of students fleeing the school but was identified thanks to security footage and arrested in nearby Coral Springs.
The Associated Press later reported that Jordan Jereb, a leader in the white supremacist militia ROF, had claimed Cruz as a member.
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Source: Christian Post