Breaking: Nikolas Cruz tried making ‘sniper’s nest,’ police find swastikas on rifle magazines

As a grieving public and police investigators continue to seek out answers on the motives of the perpetrator who carried out the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that murdered 17 innocent people, every piece of evidence is being parsed for clues.

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

In the most recent wrinkle of a tragic story, it is being reported that police investigators found rifle magazines in the possession of Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz bearing the ‘swastika’ symbol infamously used by National Socialists during World War II. CBS News reported:

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz had swastikas ammunition magazines he brought into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, a federal law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation told CBS News on Tuesday.

Further details from the investigation describe a crime scene where the suspect Nikolas Cruz attempted to knock out a third-floor window in order to create a “sniper’s nest” to fire down on people. The suspect fired 16 rounds into the hurricane-resistant glass, but was unable to knock it out, potentially saving some lives as schoolchildren and educators exited the building.

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Cruz “brought additional loaded magazines to the school campus and kept them hidden in a backpack until he got on campus to begin his assault,” police told CBS News. The suspect is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder and may face the death penalty. Cruz has reportedly confessed to police that he carried out the crime.

Several reports following the Parkland atrocity circulated claiming that he was a “white nationalist,” although Tallahassee Police later clarified that there was no evidence to support the claim  made by Jordan Jereb, the leader of the extremist group Republic of Florida, that Cruz was a member of his group.

Other reports about Cruz’s potential motive include those about his voter registration (not confirmed to be Democrat),  Islamic extremist interests, wearing “antifa” gear, and why in one photo he had on a MAGA hat. It appears that Cruz was a disturbed individual with an ideologically inconsistent worldview, much like the Aurora shooter Jared Loughner, who endorsed Hitler’s Nazi manifesto “Mein Kampf” as well as the “Communist Manifesto” of Karl Marx.

(Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

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It is sad, but highly likely, that the reports of a swastika on the shooter’s magazines will fuel attempts to tie Cruz to the political right, but a more sober analysis will shun this dishonest ideological narrative and see him for who he is: A broken young man with an extremely toxic worldview.

Kyle Becker

Kyle Becker

Chief Editor at BizPacReview
Before becoming Chief Editor at BizPac Review, Kyle was the Sr. Managing Editor and Director of Viral Media at Top 25 News & Politics website IJReview. With distinctive headlines and unique storytelling, he amassed hundreds of millions of story pageviews and led a team that generated billions of pageviews. Kyle also speaks fluent Russian and worked as an editor in Moscow before getting his Master's degree in International Studies.
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