Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Video of events outside Florida school shooting to be released

Video of events outside Florida school shooting to be released

Broward Deputy Scot Peterson stands safely behind a concrete wall taking no action as high school students lay dead and wounded just feet away, newly released video of the Florida school shooting shows.

Now formally facing the death penalty, the suspect in the Valentine's Day school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida is headed for a court appearance Wednesday on a 34-count indictment.

The judge agreed with news outlets, including CBS4, that the video should be released citing strong public interest. He can be seen talking into his radio as they walk off and get into a golf cart.

On Tuesday, the Broward County State Attorney's Office announced that it would seek the death penalty for Cruz, who cops say fatally shot 14 students and three staff members at the school. His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on February 21.

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Days later, the Broward County Sheriff's Office released a record of 23 calls to Cruz's home over the past decade that reveals a series of increasingly violent incidents involving the youth.

The video clip begins shortly after gunfire erupted, with Peterson and civilian security monitor Kelvin Greenleaf walking with goal outside an administration building, clearly alarmed by sounds. In one of the calls, Peterson tells the dispatcher that shooter Nikolas Cruz was in the parking lot outside the school - in truth, Cruz was still in the building. He was suspended and resigned, but is still under investigation.

No other deputies are seen in the video released Thursday.

The clips only show the police response outside, not the horror that occurred within.

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The video does not show inside the buildings, the gunman or the faces of any students.

The case has reignited a national debate about gun control and school safety, and prompted a nationwide walkout of thousands of students Wednesday showing solidarity a month after the shooting. It took officers 11 minutes to finally enter the building from the time the shooting was first reported.

Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of first degree premeditated murder and 17 counts of first degree attempted murder.

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