JUST IN: The family that Florida gunman Nicolas Cruz was staying with at the time of the massacre just came forward to make a shocking admission.
Last Wednesday, 19 year-old Nicolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring 14. Cruz had reportedly been planning the attack for months in James and Kimberly Snead’s home, where he had been staying after he was kicked out of his previous caretaker’s house for not giving up his gun.
Now, the Sneads have broken their silence to tell their side of the story. Freedom Daily reported that the Sneads are a successful and established couple, with James being a decorated Army veteran and military intelligence analyst and Kimberly being a neonatal intensive care nurse. When the couple’s teenage son begged them to take Cruz in, they thought they were doing the right thing by helping a young boy in need. They say they “didn’t know” about Cruz’s dark side.
“We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know. We didn’t see this side of him,” Kimberly told reporters.
“Everything everybody seems to know, we didn’t know. It’s as simple as that,” James added.
However, the couple did notice Cruz exhibiting some odd behavior in the months leading up to the shooting. James described Cruz as “very naïve. He wasn’t dumb, just naïve.” The teenager had odd eating habits, such as putting chocolate chip cookies in his steak and cheese sandwiches, and he went to bed at 8pm.
The couple said that Cruz didn’t know how to cook, use a microwave, or do laundry when he first moved in. They also recalled that he was extremely depressed about his mother’s death.
Five days before the shooting, Kimberly went with Cruz to a therapist’s office. Though he said he was willing to get therapy, he was adamant that he did not want medication.
The Sneads admitted that though they allowed Cruz to keep his guns in the house, he was only allowed to do so under strict rules. The rules were that the guns were stored in a locked cabinet and the teenager had to ask permission to take them out.
Though James thought he had the only key to the cabinet, but he now thinks Cruz must have gotten a copy somehow. When the Sneads were brought to the police station to see Cruz, James had to restrain Kimberly from lunging at him.
“Really, Nik? Really?” she yelled at him.
“He said he was sorry. He apologized. He looked lost, absolutely lost,” James recalled. “And that was the last time we saw him.”
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