CHILLING Instagram pictures show the “gun-obsessed” Florida shooter posing with rifles and knives – as pupils admit they “knew he would shoot up the school”.
Nikolaus Cruz, 19, was expelled from high school for unspecified disciplinary reasons, but today returned and went on a rampage with rifle, killing 17 people.
Instagram Chilling pictures were posted by shooter Nikolaus Cruz on his Instagram page showing him holding up knives
The 19-year-old was expelled from the school for ‘disciplinary reasons’, according to police
The 19-year-old gunman was later arrested and taken into custody after surrendering to police, while officers combed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – about 45 miles from Miami – for casualties.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said investigators believe he was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and had multiple magazines of ammunition when he opened fire shortly after 2pm (7pm GMT).
The sheriff added: “We have already begun to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things… are very, very disturbing.”
Images purportedly posted on Cruz’s social media pages show a male holding up a variety of different weapons, often with the face obscured by either a hat or balaclava.
Student at Florida school says alleged suspect Nicolas Cruz was a ‘troubled kid’ that had guns at home and knew the evacuation drills
Nikolaus Cruz, 19, has been arrested after killing at least 17 people and injuring dozens more in a shooting spree at his former school
Instagram The gunman posed for selfies where he had hidden his face with a balaclava
Instagram He posed with weapons in a number of disturbing pictures on social media
In one Instagram post, he seemingly asks followers for advice on a certain model of gun
Officers are pictured escorting Cruz to a waiting police car after his arrest in a nearby town before he was taken into custody
A teacher at the school told the Miami Herald that Cruz had been identified previously as a potential threat to his classmates.
Jim Gard, who teaches maths, said: “We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him.
“There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
Matthew Walker, a 17-year-old student at the school, told WFOR-TV: “A lot of people were saying it was going to be him.
What we know so far…
At least 17 people have been killed after a gunman wearing a “gas mask” opened fire on students at a school in Florida shortly after 2pm on Valentine’s Day Nikolaus Cruz, 19, was a former pupil of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland but was expelled last year for “disciplinary reasons” The teenage shooter “surrendered quietly” and was arrested “without incident” off campus in the nearby town of Coral Springs before being taken into custody Police say 14 people were taken to hospital with various injuries while officers in tactical gear are continuing to search the school for more casualties The shooting broke out at around 2pm (7pm GMT) as footage on social media showed terrified students fleeing classrooms and crouching underneath desks
“A lot of kids threw jokes around saying that he was going to be the one to shoot up the school. It turns out that everyone predicted it. That’s crazy.
“He was going class to class just shooting at random kids.
“Everything he posts (on social media) is about weapons. It’s sick.”
Chad Williams, 18, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High school, remembered Cruz as a troubled classmate from when they attended middle school together.
AP:Associated Press Traumatised pupils embrace after escaping the school where a fellow pupil went on a shooting rampage
AP:Associated Press Devastated students were seen crying after dozens of their fellow pupils were killed or injured in the attack
He said Cruz would set off the fire alarm, day after day, and finally got expelled in the eighth grade.
More recently, he saw the shooter carrying several publications about guns when they ran into each other at the high school. and he thought he was there to pick up a younger sibling.
The teenager described Cruz as being crazy about guns and “kind of an outcast… He didn’t have many friends.”
Chad added: “He would do anything crazy for a laugh, but he was trouble.”
Jillian Davis, 19, said she was in a school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps with Cruz in the 9th grade.
She remembered him as a quiet and shy young man who would almost change personality when angry.
She said he talked a lot about guns and knives but no one took him seriously.
Jillian said: “I would say he was not the most normal or sane kid in JROTC.
“He definitely had a little something off about him. He was a little extra quirky.”
Police escort Nicolas Cruz, suspect of the Parkland high school shooting, into custody dressed in a hospital gown
Cruz can be seen in a hospital gown as he is escorted into a hospital by police officers
Police escort the teenage shooter inside a hospital as he remains cuffed to officers
Twelve of the dead were killed inside the school, two others just outside, one more on the street and two other victims died of their injuries at a hospital.
The victims comprised a mixture of students and adults, according to police.
Staff and students told local media that a fire alarm went off around the time the shooting started, sparking chaos as some 3,300 students at the school first headed into hallways before teachers herded them back into classrooms, to seek shelter in closets.
Kyle Yeoward, a 16-year-old junior, said he was in the bathroom on the second floor of a building when he heard two shots, adding: “He let loose on the freshman building.”
CBS News posted a brief clip of video footage taken from inside a classroom, showing what appeared to be several students.
A rapid series of loud gunshots are heard amid hysterical screaming and someone yelling: “Oh my God.”
Getty Images – Getty Terrified students are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting
AP:Associated Press Devastated families waited to hear news about their loved ones
AFP or licensors Heartbroken students sobbed after the former pupil went on a rampage at the school in Florida
AP:Associated Press People were seen comforting each other after multiple people were killed in the shooting Superintendent at Marjory Stonemason Douglas high school says there are numerous fatalities after Florida shooting
McKenzie Hartley, 19, who identified herself as the sister of a student at the school described the scene in a text message: “She heard him shooting through the windows of classrooms and two students were shot.”
Lisette Rozenblat, whose daughter attends the school, said: “It is just absolutely horrifying. I can’t believe this is happening.”
Televised images showed dozens of students, their arms in the air, weaving their way between law enforcement officers with heavy weapons and helmets, and large numbers of emergency vehicles including police cars, ambulances and fire trucks.
The school had recently held a meeting to discuss what to do in such an attack, according to 15-year-old Ryan Gott, who spoke to CNN.
President Donald Trump tweeted: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting.
Uk Weather Warnings Issued By Met Office – What The Yellow, Amber And Red Alerts For Snow, Ice And Wind Mean
THE Met Office issues UK weather warnings when the country faces conditions which could put them in danger.
But what do these warnings mean and how can you stay safe in extreme weather conditions?
Getty Images – Getty Driving in the snow can be potentially dangerous
What does a severe weather warning mean?
The Met Office warns the public about severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to endanger lives or cause widespread disruption through the National Severe Weather Warning Service.
Warnings are issued for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice and are colour coded depending on both the likelihood of them happening and the impact of conditions.
In general, a severe weather warning means there is danger to life, prolonged disruption and strain on emergency services, transport routes and travel severely impacted and extensive damage to buildings and property.
While an amber weather warning means people should be prepared for the conditions.
What do the different colours mean for weather warnings?
Yellow weather warning
Yellow means “be aware”. Severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you.
Plan ahead and think about possible travel delays or the disruption of your day to day activities.
Keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.
Amber weather warning
Amber means “be prepared”. There is an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, potentially disrupting plans and causing travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.
Be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather.
Red weather warning
Red means “take action”. Extreme weather is expected.
Take action to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather.
Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely.
Avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.
What is a ‘do not travel’ warning?
A warning not to travel unless necessary can be issued to people living in areas worst affected by poor weather conditions.
On January 18, in the midst of Storm Fionn, drivers were urged not to travel in Scotland and northern England as snow storms hit.
It was believed to have been the first issued since the high winds of January 2013.
How do I drive safely in wind, snow and ice?
The best advice is – don’t drive unless absolutely necessary.
But if you genuinely do have to drive, make sure you prepare in case you get stranded in a snow drift.
Take food, water, blankets, a torch, a first aid kit, a fully charged phone, a shovel, jump leads and de-icer fluid.
Make sure you clear all your windows – it’s actually illegal to drive if you can’t see out of all of them.
Try to stick to major roads which should have been gritted and make sure you have a full tank of fuel, and check the oil and other engine fluids before you set off.
Keep your distance – it can take 10 times as long to come to a stop in icy conditions compared to normal.
At least 20 seconds’ distance from the car in front is recommended.
Remember to drive smoothly and don’t brake or accelerate harshly, otherwise your tyres will lose grip.
Keep the radio turned off or down low so you can hear the difference if you hit an icy patch.
If you do skid, don’t brake – take your foot off the accelerator and let the car slow down itself.
London News Pictures Drivers often can end up stranded if they travel in snow, so only go if your journey is absolutely necessary
How do I drive safely in fog?
Again, don’t drive unless you absolutely, absolutely have to.
But if you do, then go very slowly, and keep your headlights dipped – otherwise they will reflect off the fog and visibility will be even worse.
Don’t drive close to the car in front, even if it feels reassuring to stay near someone else.
Keep your fog light on but make sure to turn it off if visibility improves as otherwise it will dazzle drivers behind.
Watch out for freezing fog as this is often coupled with an icy road surface, making driving even more treacherous.
How do I drive safely in heavy rain?
Before you set off, check that your windscreen wipers are working and that your tyres have enough tread.
Drive slowly and make sure you keep plenty of distance from the car in front as your stopping speeds will be impaired by at least double.
Keep your car heating on to prevent windows from misting up, and watch out for big vehicles such as lorries which could spray you.
How Cold Is It In The Uk, What’s The Lowest Temperature Recorded In Britain And Where’s The Coldest Place On Earth?
WITH Britain yet to escape the freezing cold clutches of the winter weather, many of us are still waking up in the morning to icy temperatures.
Here is everything you need to know about today’s nippy weather and Britain’s historical lows.
Alamy Live News Britain has experienced some seriously nippy cold snaps this winter
How cold is it today?
Brits are facing chilly temperatures across the country.
While plenty of the UK, in particular London and the South East, enjoyed clear skies and sunshine – the thermometer remained low.
On February 22, the lowest recorded temperature in the UK was around 1C.
What is the coldest recorded temperature in the UK?
If you thought today was chilly then brace yourself, you haven’t seen anything yet.
UK temperatures have been known to plunge to lows of -27.2 degrees C, in Braemar, East Scotland, and Altnaharra in the North of Scotland.
These lows were recorded on 10 January 1982 and 30 December 1995, respectively.
The third lowest temperature ever recorded in the UK was clocked in Shawbury in the Midlands on 13 December 1981, when the mercury dipped to -25.2 degrees C.
Alamy Vostok holds the record for the coldest recorded temperature on Earth
What is the coldest place on Earth?
Okay, if -27.2 degrees sounds cold then brace yourself, you haven’t seen anything yet.
By a long way, the coldest place on Earth is Vostok, Antarctica, where the lowest ever temperature was recorded.
A Russian research station in Vostok once clocked lows of -89.2 degrees C and is so close to the poles that it gets mere minutes of sunshine a day in winter.
During the cold months, the average temperature in Vostok is around -68 degrees C, while the summer average is a tooth-chattering -32 degrees C.
Rex Features Oymyakon is believed to be the coldest inhabited place on the planet
Randy Couple Romp On A Moving Train In Front Of Shocked Commuters
A BRAZEN couple romped on a moving train in front of stunned passengers.
Shocked commuters filmed what appears to be a randy pair going at it in broad daylight.
CEN The couple giggle as the woman writhes around on the man’s lap
The alleged sexy shocker took place as the train roared through the city of Nizhny Novgorod in western Russia.
According to reports, the railroad sex session took place as they approached Chkalovskaya station.
In the video, a blonde woman in a red top and black trousers can be seen kneeling between a sitting man’s legs.
She appears to perform a sex act on the bloke, who places a bag on his lap to try and obscure the view.
At one point they stop to kiss before noticing they are being filmed.
CEN She can be seen kneeling between her male pal’s legs on the busy commuter train
CEN They stop their very public display for a passionate kiss
CEN The woman reaches for a train carriage door handle for support during their railroad romp Man is filmed performing a sex act on himself while on a train in Melbourne, Australia
Rather than hid in shame, they giggle and carry on – with the guy pushing to girl’s head down.
She then writhes around on his lamp as the dark-haired man smiles and laughs.
The girl even grabs onto the carriage door handle for support during their shocking display.
They stop going at it – briefly – as the train pulls into a station and more passengers get on and sit near to them.
CEN The couple don’t even pack in their antics when they notice other passengers are filming them going at it ?Brazen ?couple have sex in broad daylight at Hackney Downs train station
But almost immediately carry on with the poor man unaware he is about to et an eyeful.
Eventually the train terminates, derailing their fun.
Shocked internet users in Russia shamed the couple with one writing: ‘Why did no one come over and stop that?’ Police declined to comment.
They are not the first couple to get in the mood in, and around, train stations.
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