February 15, 2018 / 6:30 PM / in a year

Florida suspect took part in white nationalist militia, leader says

Police escort Nikolas Cruz into Broward County Jail following a shooting incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018 in a still image from video. WSVN.com via REUTERS

(Reuters) - The 19-year-old man suspected of killing at least 17 people at a Florida high school, had participated in paramilitary training with a white nationalist militia, the Republic of Florida’s leader said on Thursday.

“He had some involvement with the Clearwater Republic of Florida cell at some point,” Jordan Jereb said in a telephone interview about the suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz.

Reporting by Jon HerskovitzEditing by Jonathan Oatis

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