Posted: April 04, 2018
By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The teen who saved the lives of 20 of his classmates during the Parkland school shooting has finally left the hospital, according to multiple media reports.
Anthony Borges, though, doesn’t consider himself a hero, NBC News reported.
He told the “Today” show that he’s just lucky to be alive.
The school shooting on Feb. 14 left 17 people dead. Borges barricaded a door shut and used his body to shield other students, stopping the bullets that were being shot through the closed door, NBC News reported.
The 15-year-old was shot five times, CNN reported.
NBC reported that doctors removed a third of one of the teen’s lung. One bullet landed near his liver. Three hit his legs.
His family said last month, that it plans to sue Broward County, the school district and the Sheriff’s Office, CNN reported.
They plan to ask for unspecified monetary damages.
“The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the Principal and School Resource Officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” family attorney Alex Arreaza wrote in the notice of intent to sue, CNN reported.
A photo of Borges in his hospital bed from the Broward County Sheriff’s Twitter feed went viral shortly after the shooting.
The Sheriff was honored to visit Anthony Borges,15, in the hospital. Anthony was shot five times. Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from #StonemanDouglas. pic.twitter.com/U0PVkEwpFZ— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 18, 2018
Gunman Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, faces 17 counts of premeditated murder for the shooting.
Nikolas Cruz, the gunman charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school Wednesday afternoon, has reportedly confessed to the shooting and, his attorney says, is now on suicide watch.
Cruz, according to a timeline put together by police, set off alarms as he entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the school he had been expelled from, hoping to get more people into the hallways and into his line of fire.
After firing into classrooms and at students in the hallways, Cruz dropped the weapon he had with him, an AR-15 weapon purchased legally one year ago, and blended in with the crowd of students fleeing the building.
From the school, he headed to a Subway and bought himself a soft drink, went to a McDonald's to sit for a few minutes, left the restaurant and was arrested a short time later without incident.
On Thursday, he was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Here, from information from the Broward County’s Sheriff’s Office, is a timeline of the events that happened that day.
Feb. 14, 2018 (all times are local Florida time)
The Uber driver who picked up Nikolas Cruz on Valentine’s Day said she noticed nothing unusual about the 19-year-old in the minutes before police said he opened fire on students and staff members at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17.
The driver, who declined to be identified, told WFOR-TV that she picked up Cruz around the area in which he lived and that he had a large bag with him that she thought was a guitar case.
“He told me, ‘I am going to my music class,’” the driver told WFOR-TV.
Court records released earlier this month showed Cruz took an Uber to his former high school on Feb. 14. Officials with Uber confirmed to The Associated Press that Cruz used the service before the deadly attack, but the company declined to answer questions about whether the Uber driver noticed strange behavior from Cruz, or whether he was carrying a gun.
The driver told WFOR-TV that she doesn’t speak English fluently, so she didn’t speak much with Cruz. Still, she said, he seemed like “just a normal person,” and he gave her no indication of the carnage authorities said he planned.
The Uber driver said she thought of Cruz later, after she started seeing news reports of the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
“I thought, ‘Oh, I just left someone over there,” she told WFOR-TV.
Court records obtained by the news station showed that deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office searched the Uber driver’s car for “bullets, guns, writings by Cruz or anything else that might be connected to the shooting.” The driver told WFOR-TV that deputies did not find anything significant.
Cruz was arrested on Valentine’s Day after police said he fired several shots from an AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, killing 14 students and three teachers.
He is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder.
When a shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month, sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who was on duty as the school’s resource officer, reportedly failed to enter the building as 17 people died — but that’s not why the police union won’t be defending him.
According to Jeff Bell, president of the Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies Association, the union will not be stepping up to help Peterson, not due to his conduct but because he doesn’t pay the union any money, Reason.com reported.
“From a legal standpoint, we say he was not a ‘dues-paying member,” Bell said, according to Reason.com. “If he was a dues-paying member, I would certainly have a problem with how we are trying him in the public and not giving him his due process. But because he’s not a dues-paying member and I don’t have to represent him? Whatever happens, happens.”
Under Florida’s public sector union laws, Peterson is not required to financially support Bell’s union, but he’s also not legally free to associate with a different bargaining unit instead. While the law enforcement veteran of 32 years is still covered by collective bargaining agreements signed by Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies Association, the union didn’t act on his behalf when he indicated prior to his resignation that was upset that his employer suspended him following the tragedy — and they won’t be coming to his rescue should he face any legal repercussions for his inaction at the high school.
Peterson may be eligible to collect a pension of at least $52,000 and is supposed to have half of his health insurance premiums covered the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for life. Although he claims he thought the shooting was taking place outside the school, his failure to enter the building and confront the shooter could still lead to his facing an investigation and ending up in civil court. Either way, the Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies Association won’t be involved.
“If the sheriff’s office decides not to, say for example, they decide you know what, we’re not going to give you your payouts and we’re not going to give you your insurance or whatever, I’m still not doing anything for him,” Bell said. “So, he doesn’t have the right to file a grievance–well, he can do it as an individual, but when he gets to the level of arbitration, we’re not covering that. If he has any lawsuits, we’re not covering that. Administrative hearings or civil hearings, we’re not covering that.”
THURSDAY, 4:15PM ET UPDATE: Nikolas Cruz withdrew his not guilty plea Thursday and instead chose to "stand mute," according to a court motion.
The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
The panel charged the 19-year-old with 17 counts of premeditated first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in the mass shooting at the Parkland high school that left 14 students and three adults dead.
Satz said he filed a "notice of intent to seek death" in the 17 first-degree murder counts stemming from the Feb. 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 14 students and three adults dead.
Cruz is also charged with attempted murder in the shootings of 17 others who survived.
Cruz is scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday on the murder and attempted murder charges.
Cruz offered to plead guilty to the charges several weeks ago if prosecutors removed the death penalty from the table.
If he does reach a plea deal with prosecutors, the only other option for Cruz is life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has released video with footage from the Feb. 14 high school shooting at in Parkland, Florida.
A month ago, a 19-year-old former student opened fire at the school. Seventeen people were killed.
The video shows former deputy Scot Peterson standing outside of the high school. Peterson was criticized for not going into the building during the shooting.
“The video speaks for itself,” the BSO’s Public Information Office said in a statement. “His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on Feb. 21. After being suspended without pay, Peterson chose to resign and immediately retired rather than face possible termination.
“In accordance with Florida law, we are prohibited from discussing any other details of the IA investigation until the case has concluded.”
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