Horrifying new images have been released showing Nikolas Cruz stalking the hallways of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The report details the incompetence and blunders on the part of the Broward County Sheriff’s office and school district that led to a delayed and bungled response to the shooting.
Also seen for the first time are heartbreaking photos of students crowded into a hallway responding to a fire alarm, and a chilling image of the bullet damage to hurricane windows that prevented the shooter from firing on first responders.
A surveillance camera still shows Cruz on the first floor of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School seconds after removing a rifle from a carrying bag
After taking out the rifle and warning a passing student ‘you’d better get out of here’, Cruz assumes a shooting stance and begins prowling down the hallway
On the second floor, Cruz stalks the hallway in this newly released image. After hearing shots on the first floor, students on the second floor barricaded themselves in classrooms
The Sun-Sentinel report describes the aftermath of the shooting as ’58 minutes of chaos on campus marked by no one taking charge, deputies dawdling, false information spreading, communications paralyzed and children stranded with nowhere to hide.’
Three school employees learned of a shooter on campus and failed to call in a Code Red to initiate a lock-down, the report said.
As has been previously reported, armed school resource officer Scot Peterson took cover and failed to enter the building where the massacre occurred.
At the same time, unarmed athletic director Chris Hixon heroically rushed into the building at the sound of gunshots, and was killed.
The chaos was amplified by communications problems and the fact that surveillance video was operating on a tape delay, leading officers to believe that the shooter was still active when in fact he had already fled the scene.
In another unseen image, students crowd the third floor hallway in response to a fire alarm, before scrambling back into classrooms upon hearing gunshots on the lower floors
Chilling surveillance video from the shooting shows 19-year-old Cruz arrive on campus and enter building 12, where he walks into a stairwell and removes a Smith & Wesson MP-15 from a carry bag.
The video, previously released, shows freshman Chris McKenna come face-to-face with Cruz as he readies the weapon.
‘You’d better get out of here,’ Cruz told the stunned freshman, according to McKenna. ‘Things are gonna start getting messy.’
McKenna escaped unharmed as Cruz raised the rifle and began stalking the first floor, killing 11 and wounding 13.
As deputy Peterson cowered outside, Cruz went to the second floor, where he found the hallway empty.
On the third floor, teacher Ernie Rospierski (far right) holds the stairwell door closed to prevent Cruz (circled) from entering. The body of slain student Jamie Guttenberg is blacked out
Teachers, hearing the shots on the first floor, had quickly secured their classrooms, covering windows and moving students out of sight. Cruze fired into two classrooms, but no one was hurt.
On the third floor, chaos reigned. After a fire alarm was pulled, students began crowding into the hallway – only to hear gunshots below and begin scrambling back into the classrooms.
About 20 people are stranded in the hallway as Cruz arrives and begins firing into the crowd. Geography teacher Scott Beigel is one of the six killed on the third floor, shot as he holds the door to his classroom open and ushers in the last of the students.
Unable to enter the stairwell, Cruz turned back to the teachers’ lounge and began firing out the window at fleeing students, but the school’s hurricane glass stopped the bullets
The heavy glass took damage but apparently stopped the bullets from the high-powered rifle
Investigators recovered this Smith & Wesson MP-15 at the scene after Cruz ditched the rifle
Eight detachable magazines (above) were also recovered from the scene, with swastikas
Social studies teacher Ernie Rospierski saves multiple lives after becoming locked out of his own classroom.
Rospierski rushes a group of about 10 students into the stairwell and then held the door closed to prevent Cruz from entering.
Frustrated, Cruz turns back and entered the teacher’s lounge, where he attempts to shoot at fleeing teachers and students through a window, but is stopped by the heavy hurricane glass that does not break.
While Cruz is distracted, Rospierski flees down the stairwell.
Meanwhile, Deputy Peterson remains outside, and the other deputies that have arrived on the scene take up positions well back from the building.
Six minutes after firing the first shot, Cruz descends the stairwell, ditching his rifle inside the building.
Wearing a Stoneman Douglas ROTC shirt, Cruz flees on foot to the south, avoiding the deputies who have positioned themselves on the road to the north of the building.
Police from the local Coral Springs department finally entered the building 11 minutes after the first shots were fired, after Broward sheriff’s deputies dawdled outside
Police stormed the building in multiple teams, not realized that Cruz had already fled
Relying on delayed surveillance video, however, deputies believe he is still in the building.
Finally, 11 agonizing minutes after the first shots were fired, local police officers from the Coral Springs department assemble an impromptu breach team and storm the building.
Coral Springs Detective Mindy Mazzei told investigators in a report released last week that she that was coming back from lunch when she learned of the shooting and hurried to campus, where she could hear the voice of her husband, a Broward sheriff’s SWAT officer, coming over the radio as he moved inside the three-story freshman building where the massacre happened.
She went toward the building with other officers, passing the body of coach Aaron Feis, who had been shot trying to confront the gunman. She then walked into the building. Investigators later found 70 spent casings on the first floor, along with suspect Nikolas Cruz’s phone and a backpack containing a knife and a ski mask.
Cruz is seen in court in September. He has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of capital murder, and faces the death penalty if convicted
‘You could still smell the gunpowder. You could definitely smell blood,’ she said. ‘There was stuff everywhere. There were books, there were folders. It just, it just looked chaotic.’ Soon she saw the bodies of students – one whose eyes were still open, his face frozen in terror.
‘It was horrendous. And that was awful, ’cause I was standing near that, and it was just kinda me by myself, not a lot of people around. So I just felt like it was burning a hole through me,’ Mazzei said, saying she felt guilty that she hadn’t arrived at the school faster, even knowing that was impossible.
Cruz was arrested later the same day. He has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of capital murder, and faces the death penalty if convicted.
PICTURED: Fourteen students, geography teacher, coach and athletic director shot dead in Florida high school massacre
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, (left) was described by relatives as a ‘kind-hearted, sweet’ girl. She attended the school with her younger brother who survived and rushed home afterwards. Senior Nicholas Dworet (right) was a gifted swimmer who had his sights set on 2020 Tokyo Olympics success. His devastated college student girlfriend is among those grieving his death. Friends said he was not just a talented athlete, but a ‘good guy’ who will be missed
Martin Duque, 14, (left) was missing for hours on Wednesday and his frantic family desperately appealed for him to get in touch on social media. On Thursday, his older brother Miguel confirmed his death. Martin was a freshman. Meadow Pollack, 18, (right) was preparing for college. Her father was at the school on Wednesday and showed her photograph around in the hope that she would be found alive
Cara Loughran (left) was missing on Wednesday afternoon. Her mother Denise and her father rushed to the designated hotel where parents were told to go to be reunited with their children in the hope that she would be found alive. Her grieving neighbor confirmed her death on Thursday. Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, (right) was eulogized by her mother who said she was a talented soccer player and creative mind. ‘All she had to offer the world was love… I just sent her to school and she was shot and killed,’ she said
Luke Hoyer, 15, (left) was described as a ‘precious’ child by his grandparents who confirmed his death. They found out about the shooting on television. They said he was a ‘good kid’ who ‘never got in trouble’. Joaquin Oliver, 17, (right) was also killed. Joaquin was a Venezuelan immigrant who came to the US with his family for a ‘better future’, they said on Thursday
Gina Montalto, 15, (left) was described as a ‘light and joy’. She and Jaime, another victim, volunteered at a local project called The Friendship Initiative where they acted as buddies for children with special needs. Gina’s mother Jennifer shared pleas to find her on social media on Wednesday. Alaina Petty, 14, (right) was also killed. Her Mormon church confirmed her death, saying she was a ‘valiant’ member
Carmen Schentrup, 16, (left) was also killed in the shooting. Carmen was a gifted student who last year was named as a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. It includes students who score above average in their SATs or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. ROTC student Peter Wang, 15, (right) also died. His parents speak little English and relied on their neighbor to post social media appeals looking for him. They went to the Marriott hotel with other parents to wait for news of him on Wednesday night and have since confirmed that he was among those killed
Alex Schachter, 14, (left) was also killed. His mother died when he was a child and he attended the school in Florida with his brother, who survived. The teenager’s father Max said he was a ‘sweetheart of a child’ who ‘just wanted to do well and please his parents’. Helena Ramsey, 17, (right) was described by relatives as a ‘reserved’ and studious girl who was due to go to college next year
Geography Scott Beigel, 35, (left) was shot dead as he tried to lock the door of his classroom again after letting a group of fleeing students in to hide. They were running away from the gunman. Aaron Feis, 37, (right) died acting as a human shield. The track coach had thrown himself on top of the kids to stop the bullets from hitting him. He was a former student and was also a security guard at the school where he had worked for eight years
Athletic director Chris Hixon, 49, was also killed shielding students