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FL Shooter Wore MAGA Hat During Target Practice (Video)

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Footage of the Florida high school shooter shooting a BB gun in his backyard while wearing what appears to be a "Make America Great Again" hat has surfaced (video below).

The video shows Nikolas Cruz shirtless having target practice in his backyard, the Daily Mail reported. The footage was obtained by CNN, and was reportedly taken a few months before the Feb. 14th shooting that killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The weapon Cruz is seen using sounds like a BB gun. He also appears to be wearing President Donald Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" cap, although the footage is too blurry to confirm.

Cruz had posted several photos of guns on his Instagram account. In some photos, the suspect is seen posing with the guns and holding ammunition.

There has been no official motive tied to Cruz's shooting rampage. The 19-year-old was reportedly expelled from the school for behavioral issues, and was caught carrying bullet casings in his bag.

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Cruz's former friend, Joshua Charo, 17, told the Daily Mail that Cruz would send him photos of guns and other weapons through Instagram and Snapchat.

"I knew him from freshman year to sophomore year,"' Joshua told the Daily Mail. "When we were inside of class, we would talk but when we were outside it, we wouldn't really hold a conversation.

"He usually liked to talk about hunting, guns, stuff like that -- that particular subject.

"He always showed people the guns he wanted to buy and he would always ask if they had any suggestions for which guns they thought would be better and stuff like that.

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"He was studying marksmanship in [the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps]."

Joshua added that Cruz was "a bit odd" and struggled to make friends and was having troubles getting a girlfriend.

It has since been revealed that Cruz purchased the AR-15 he used in the shooting legally, the New York Daily News reported.

"It was his gun," family lawyer Jim Lewis told the New York Daily News. "The family made him keep it in a locked gun cabinet in the house but he had a key."

Cruz also had smoke grenades and a gas mask, according to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson. It is not clear where the suspect obtained the grenades from.

During a brief statement from the White House, President Trump did not mention guns and instead focused on mental health.

"We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health," the president said, according to NBC News. "It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference."

Chris Waltz, the CEO of AR-15 Gun Owners of America, praised the president's response to the tragedy.

"The fact that the president didn't talk about rifles today ... that was good," Waltz said. "He's been, so far, the most outspoken president on gun issues, as far as supporting the Second Amendment."

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News, NBC News / Featured Image: Ken/Flickr / Embedded Images: Daily Mail, Instagram via Daily Mail

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