Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of murdering 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday, was reported part of the school’s marksmanship team, which received grants from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
According to The Associated Press, Cruz, who was allegedly responsible for killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was a member of the school’s Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
Former JROTC cadet Aaron Diener spoke with the AP and confirmed that Cruz was a member of the team.
“He was a very good shot,” Diener said. “He had an AR-15 he talked about. And pistols.”
The AP obtained school records that showed that the NRA gave the school’s JROTC program $10,827 in “non-cash assistance” while Cruz was still part of the team in 2016.
Wednesday’s shooting marked the 18th shooting in the United States this year alone. Not once has Donald Trump or Republicans mentioned gun control.
One student who survived the shooting called out Republican lawmakers for receiving donations from the NRA as one reason gun control reforms haven’t passed.
“I’m just a high school student, and I do not pretend to have all of the answers. However, even in my position, I can see that there is desperate need for change — change that starts by folks showing up to the polls and voting all those individuals who are in the back pockets of gun lobbyists out of office,” Cameron Kasky wrote.
“Please do it for me. Do it for my fellow classmates. We can’t vote, but you can, so make it count,” he wrote.