Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz confessed to the deadly gun massacre just minutes after he was interrogated by police on February 14, a new transcript shows.
Cruz, then 19, was able to blend in with evacuating students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after he allegedly opened fire on that Wednesday, but was apprehended later that day as he was walking in a nearby residential area.
According to a transcript obtained by the Sun-Sentinel, Cruz confessed to the shooting, which killed 17 people and injured 17 more, early in a recorded video interview with a Broward Sheriff’s Office detective.
He also said that he had unsuccessfully attempted suicide twice in the months leading up to the massacre.
Early in the recorded interrogation, according to the transcript, a detective offers Cruz a glass of cold water, and the suspect replies by saying he doesn’t deserve one.
But the officer leaves the room to get a drink for him anyway, at which point Cruz can be heard saying “Kill me. Just f***ing kill me. F***.”
Cruz reportedly told detectives that he had at least twice tried to kill himself in the months before the school shooting, first by attempting to drink a lethal amount of alcohol, and then by overdosing on over-the-counter drugs.
The release of the confession interview, reportedly several hours long, does not include Cruz’s descriptions of the actual shooting incident, because of state law that prohibits the release of substantive material from confessions before a suspect’s trial, according to the Sun-Sentinel report.
Portions of the video confession is expected to be released on Tuesday.
[Feature image: Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool]