School shooting suspect could lose public defender after reports of $800K inheritance

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Their story aligns with what the family attorney, Jim Lewis, previously told CNN on their behalf.

James Snead and his wife, Kimberly Snead, told the Times that they took in Cruz after their son, who knew Cruz from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, asked if he could move in with them.

"Very selfish act", James said.

This past week has been a sad reminder of gun violence in America, where a young man named Nikolas Cruz entered a school and opened fire upon students and teachers. He was apprehended and arrested in the nearby Coral Springs area about an hour later. And so it just - it wouldn't work. I have guns. I respect guns as long as they're handled properly, safely.

We knew he had troubles and a couple of issues, but I've raised three boys, and I thought we could help. "But it just - it wasn't working that way".

According to The New York Times report on the shooter's background, Cruz's mother died shortly after he was born. (His father died 12 years ago.) Cruz's recent social media history was full of menacing photos of himself with guns and knives. The Sneads told the Sun-Sentinel that Cruz had told him he was anxious Deschamps was trying to steal the money coming to him.

James and Kimberly Snead, who live in Parkland near the school, are perplexed over his transition from "naive" boy to alleged killer.

When James and Kimberly Snead took in Nikolas Cruz late previous year, he was a socially awkward teenager lost in the world, depressed by the death of his beloved mother.

James Snead said he first heard of the shooting when a SWAT team officer called him and asked, "Where my son Nikolas was".

"Mental illness can not be fixed by parents or caretakers alone either because they are often not financially equipped to do so nor trained to deal with it", said Susanne Babbel, PhD, a trauma therapist.

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They also admitted that they weren't sure how many guns Cruz owned while he lived with them.

"Nothing I can say will heal them", James Snead said.

The devastating shooting has brought the topic of mental health and gun-ownership into conversation in the public sphere, with many questioning whether or not someone like Cruz, who reportedly suffered from depression, ADHD and autism, should face stricter gun regulations. They searched the house, but Cruz wasn't there. Investigators are trying to track the purchases, which Cruz appears to have made in the past year or so, the source said.

The Sun Sentinel reported that he also showed disturbing behavior on Snapchat, displaying pictures of self inflicted wounds on his arms after a breakup, and expressing a desire to buy guns. "He apologised. He looked lost, absolutely lost", said Mr Snead. "We're learning a lot about all of this just the same as everyone else". We feel betrayed as well. "It crushed everybody's world in our community".

Craig said she reported the threats to the head of security at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where she and Cruz attended.

"I don't have an Instagram account, so I didn't know any of that". "I mean, tighter gun control, it's not going to help".

The couple was also unaware that he may have been cruel to animals.

Authorities have not described any specific motive, except to say that Cruz had been kicked out of the high school, which has about 3,000 students and serves an affluent suburb where the median home price is almost $600,000.

"It could result in us being removed from the case", Finkelstein told ABC News in a telephone interview this morning.

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