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Fla. Shooter Former Friend: 'He Talked About Killing Our Parents'

Fla. Shooter Former Friend: 'He Talked About Killing Our Parents'
People light candles at a makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:56 AM

Student Ariana Lopez, a former friend of Parkland High School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, said he would discuss killing people connected to his friends. 

"He talked about killing our parents, our friends, boyfriends and girlfriends," Lopez said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Friends who knew Cruz were not surprised when they heard news of his connection to the shooting,

"I knew it. We all did, everybody who knew him, we knew it," Lopez said. "He was the only person that could — even before they announced that he was the shooter — we all knew it was Nik.

"He was the only person that we could think of that would do something like this, because it was obvious that he had the power to do this."

Lopez said Cruz was an avid hunter and he might have considered the freshman area at the school an "easy target."

"The freshman building is very difficult to get out of, and when you think about it from the way that a hunter might have, which was the way Nik thought about a lot of things, that was an easy target," Lopez said.

"He would post pictures of 15 or more firearms just on his bed, like this was normal… you could even see a hamper in the background, that's how ordinary this was to him."

Lopez said a 2016 video showing Cruz in a fight was over a girl he briefly dated.

"He would hit her, he would threaten her, he would threaten her family and friends for talking to other guys," Lopez told ABC.

Adding that Cruz engaged in behaviors she found "disturbing."

"He sold knives out of his lunchbox, which I thought was, like, insane, because you can't have knives, because this is a school. He's like, 'Hey, guys, want some knives?'"

The shooter obtained 10 rifles in the previous year, a CNN report said Monday.

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Student Ariana Lopez, a former friend of Parkland High School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, said he would discuss killing people connected to his friends.
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