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Video shows massacre suspect punching self, speaking softly

Posted: 11:57 PM, Aug 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 01:16:53-04

Nikolas Cruz being interrogated

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Prosecutors have made public hours of video interrogation of Florida’s high school shooting suspect, footage showing the young man punching himself in the face, slouching and speaking of a voice he says he has heard inside his head for years.

The video released Wednesday contains the same material as a transcript made public days earlier. Both were edited to remove what authorities say was a direct confession by Nikolas Cruz to the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida.

Nikolas Cruz shooting himself with his hand in interrogation room

In other developments, a sheriff leading the state commission investigating the massacre said Wednesday that the suspect’s behavior before the shooting was a “roller-coaster,” where Cruz would have stretches of good conduct before it deteriorated.

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