The Florida shooting suspect posted a chilling selfie with a toy gun on his ‘disturbing’ Instagram account

Nikolas Cruz is detained by police

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Nikolas Cruz is detained by police
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  • Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz posted pictures of guns and knives on Instagram.
  • Police are actively investigating his “disturbing” internet history.
  • Former classmates said Cruz was “crazy about guns.”

Nikolas Cruz, the teenager suspected of killing 17 people in a high school shooting in Florida, flaunted his obsession with guns on Instagram.

Various media outlets have taken screenshots of his account, which appeared to display his preoccupation with guns and knives. The account, Instagram/cruz.nikolaus, was taken down following Wednesday’s atrocity at Majory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.

One photo, which is being widely circulated on social media, shows Cruz posing for a selfie with what appears to be a toy gun on December 25, 2015. US law dictates that all fake guns should have an orange tip, like the one in the image apparently posted by Cruz.

Other posts show the 19-year-old, who was expelled from Stoneman Douglas High, posing with bullets and knives, often concealing his face with a bandana. One image appears to show Cruz looking down the sight of a gun, which is aimed out of a window.

Police are now actively investigating Cruz’s internet history following his arrest on Wednesday. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel described some of the things they had discovered as “very, very disturbing.”

Chad Williams, an 18-year-old senior at Stoneman Douglas High, remembered Cruz as a troubled student. “He was crazy about guns,” Williams told Reuters. “He was kind of an outcast. He didn’t have many friends. He would do anything crazy for a laugh, but he was trouble.”