Parkland High School Shooter Pleads Guilty

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(WLAX/WEUX) – The gunman in 2018’s deadly massacre at a Florida high school is pleading guilty to murder today.

Nikolas Cruz appeared in court, along with relatives of the victims’ families.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 17-counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for the 2018 massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school.

“It’s really sad for all of the parents, but we need to heal. We need to heal as a community. We need to heal as a person and go forward.” Said a victim’s father.

The guilty pleas allow this community to skip the pain and emotional turmoil of reliving the attack through a lengthy trial.

Cruz will still have to face a jury for the penalty phase to determine whether he gets the death penalty or life in prison.

Wednesday’s hearing was attended by a dozen of the victims’ relatives.

After entering his plea, Cruz apologized.

Cruz said, “I am very sorry for what I did, and I have to live with it every day, and that if I were to get a second chance, I would do everything in my power to try to help others.”

The Valentine’s Day massacre killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school.

17 other victims were shot but survived.

Investigators say Cruz was armed with an AR-15, shooting victims in the hallways and in classrooms during the seven-minute rampage.

He later fled, blending in with students, and was captured about an hour later in a residential neighborhood.

As for the penalty phase of this case, screening for prospective jurors begins next month.

Anna Eliopoulos, Fox news. 

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