A senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed that she saw and spoke with alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz at the scene of the crime while her school was being evacuated.
Alexa Miednik spoke with Cruz but “did not see a gun,” according to one local reporter. During her conversation with Cruz, shots were still ringing out, but they were coming from a different part of the school.
“No, definitely not…Because when shots were fired, I saw him after the fact. And the shots were coming from the other part of the building. So there definitely had to be two shooters involved, I believe,” Miednik said.
“As we were walking, the whole class together, I actually was speaking to the suspect, Nikolas Cruz. And as I was speaking to him, he seemed very…he was troubled in middle school, so I kind of joked to him and said ‘I’m surprised you weren’t the one who did it,’ and he just gave me a ‘Huh?’,” Miednik said.
#KHOU11 After shifting over from #ASTROS Camp to coverage of school shooting in Parkland, Forida, I talked with Alexa Miednik , a Senior at Douglas HS. She never saw a gun but she says she knows the alleged shooter… pic.twitter.com/qzaOUbFMPu
— Matt Musil (@KHOUSportsMatt) February 15, 2018
Nikolas Cruz was arrested and stands accused of killing at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he used to be a student.
Cruz was expelled from the school. Law enforcement reportedly arrested him right outside a house near the high school campus, and sources say Cruz might have escaped the school after the shooting by blending in with fellow students.
Cruz’s mother is reportedly dead and he was living with a friend’s family.
The media has largely relied on three unnamed former schoolmates of Cruz, who have detailed in mainstream news articles his alleged fondness for guns and past disciplinary issues, which involve kicking a window in middle school.
Three unnamed former schoolmates also told ABC News that Cruz was part of a white supremacist group called Republic of Florida, which the group’s purported leader also claimed, according to the Anti-Defamation League. But a mainstream Forbes reporter and others have cast doubt on that claim.
The first unnamed former classmate of Cruz to speak to the media — who said that he went to alternative school with Cruz after Cruz was kicked out of high school — claimed that Cruz was fond of guns and that he knew the layout of the high school and what to do in a “fire drill” situation. A fire drill occurred at the school earlier in the day, and students and parents also said that they expected another drill — possibly an active shooter drill — at the school that same day. CBS 4 in Miami, which broadcast the former classmate’s claims, did not provide the former classmate’s name.
— Rob Dew (@DewsNewz) February 14, 2018
NEW: "We thought it was a drill," student evacuated from Parkland, Florida, high school tells CBS News. "We already had one earlier this morning…and then we heard gunshots; some students thought it was not that serious." https://t.co/1Y5NBGZMdE pic.twitter.com/FWVnssTSxK
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 14, 2018
The Broward County Sherriff’s Office stated that it cannot confirm a second shooter “at this time,” and has been mum regarding online speculation on the case.
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EXCLUSIVE: Police Investigate NY Times Reporter For Breaking Into GOP Staffer’s Home
Police and a Prince William County magistrate have opened an investigation into New York Times reporter Stephanie Saul for breaking and entering in the apartment of a Corey Stewart campaign staffer in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Stewart U.S. Senate campaign staffer Brian Landrum and a house guest have filed a police report after the house guest witnessed Stephanie Saul inside Landrum’s apartment Wednesday July 18 at 2:15 PM. Brian Landrum was at work and he was not in the apartment at the time.
The eyewitness was able to identify New York Times reporter Stephanie Saul as the intruder. Saul, who won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for reporting on police pension fraud, did not immediately return questions for this report.
The Prince William County magistrate told Brian Landrum that Saul could be charged with misdemeanor unlawful entry, or potentially felony breaking and entering.
The intrusion took place at Bell Stonebridge Apartments in Woodbridge, VA.
“Working in politics, you become accustomed to the rough-and-tumble nature of the sport. But never in a million years could I have anticipated the New York Times sending a reporter to break into my apartment looking for a story. We’re working with police investigators, and look forward to justice being served,” Brian Landrum said in a statement.
The eyewitness was listening to music when she heard rustling, turned around, and saw a female in Landrum’s kitchen. The woman was turning to leave. The kitchen is 5 to 10 feet from the apartment’s threshold. The apartment is a secured facility with key fob doors. Non-residents are not allowed in the apartment building without consent. Access to the apartment building requires a key fob.
Brian Landrum said that he does not know Stephanie Saul. The apartment building’s office reported that Ms. Saul asked about Landrum at the front desk, saying she was trying to find Landrum and that he did not answer his door when she knocked. The office said that they did not allow Stephanie Saul into the building, and they do not know how she entered the building at this time.
The intruder left a note on Landrum’s kitchen counter.
The intruder said, “hello?”
The houseguest replied, “hello?”
The intruder said, “Is Brian here? I need to ask some questions.”
The houseguest replied, “No, he’s not here. He’s at work.”
The intruder said, “I’m looking for Landrum.” She said she wanted to talk to Brian Landrum and asked when he would be home.
The houseguest replied, “Eight p.m.”
The intruder said, “Can you give him this note?”
The houseguest replied, “yes.”
The intruder turned and left the apartment.
The houseguest did not understand what was going on. She recalls being “pretty shaken up,” and did not know how to respond.
Here is the note left by Stephanie Saul, obtained by Big League Politics:
The story of Saul’s entry into Landrum’s apartment is already circulating in Virginia political circles like wildfire.
“I heard she busted into Landrum’s apartment,” said Graham Moomaw, political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Virginia U.S. Senate Republican nominee Corey Stewart compared the break-in to Watergate.
“Carlos Slim and the New York Times will stop at nothing to fight against my strong platform of supporting the rule of law, building the wall, and putting Americans ahead of big business intent on flooding our borders with low-skilled labor from the south, but I never thought they’d break into someone’s apartment,” Corey Stewart said in a statement.
“This is like Watergate, but this time it’s the press that’s breaking into private property,” Stewart said.
“I knew the New York Times didn’t care much for the rule of law, but this violent behavior is blatant intimidation intended to silence conservatives,” Stewart said.
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