Suspected Parkland Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz told a detective that he heard voices that told him to ”burn, kill, destroy”, according to a video released Wednesday by the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
He confessed to carrying out the massacre, police said. But he went on to say more than that, saying during a lengthy interview that for years he had heard a “demon” in his head giving him directions.
When asked what the voice told him to do, the suspected gunman said: “Burn. Kill. Destroy.”
The detail emerged Monday in a transcript of the lengthy police interview with Nikolas Cruz, 19, in the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. While authorities had previously said Cruz admitted that “he was the gunman who entered the school campus … and began shooting students,” the newly-released transcript shows for the first time much of what he told police the day of the Feb. 14 massacre, and sheds light on his state of mind after the bloodshed.