Local law enforcement sources have so far not found a connection between accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz and a Tallahassee-based paramilitary group.
Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz to the Republic of Florida Militia, as first reported by the group’s self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Grady Jordan said investigative work Thursday did not yield any connections.
“We are still doing some work but we have no known ties between the ROF, Jordan Jereb or the Broward shooter,” Jordan said.
Suspected Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz may have been a member of a paramilitary group based in Tallahassee.
Cruz, 19, entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, investigators say, with an AR-15 and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring 14. He faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Jordan Jereb, who is the self-proclaimed leader of the white supremacist Republic of Florida, told the Associated Press and the Anti-Defamation Leauge Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.
Law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat they are working to determine if Cruz had any connection to the Tallahassee-based group.
Numerous videos associated with the group show members training in camouflage garb in rural areas of North Florida. Thursday, the ROF YouTube channel had been cleared of all videos although it is unclear when that occurred.
Source: USA Today