Nikolas Cruz — the 19-year-old man accused of murdering 17 people at his old high school in Parkland, Florida — appeared in court for the first time Thursday.
Cruz, accompanied by two attorneys and several police officers, remained silent while his charges — 17 counts of premeditated murder — were read aloud. Cruz will be held without bond.
Cruz threatened 9 months ago to carry out a mass shooting … posting a comment on a YouTube video about the Texas University clock tower shootings, saying “I am going to [do] what he did.” He also said he wished “to kill as many as I can.”
Cruz is accused of using an AR-15 rifle to carry out the murders. He was taken to jail Thursday morning wearing a hospital gown.