Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing 17 people in the 2018 massacre at his former high school — before apologizing for the rampage and going on a bizarre rant about marijuana and racism.
“I am very sorry for what I did and I have to live with it every day,” Cruz, 23, told Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer. . .
“I hate drugs and I believe this country would do better if everyone would stop smoking marjiuana and doing all these drugs and causing racism and violence out on the streets.”
Cruz said he was trying his best to maintain his composure before adding: “I just want you to know that I’m really sorry and I hope you give me a chance to try to help others.”
Cruz also pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first-degree attempted murder for wounding 17 others during the massacre at the high school outside Fort Lauderdale. He was 19 at the time. (Read more from “Parkland Shooter Blames Pot, Racism for Attack That Killed 17” HERE)