We thought we had the only key: Family who took Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz in reveal they didn’t know he could get into the gun safe where his AR-15 was stored – and claim he told them he was sorry after the massacre

Monday, February 19, 2018
By Paul Martin

Kimberly and James Snead took Nikolas Cruz into their home in November when his adoptive mother died
The couple appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to detail their three months living with the 19-year-old Florida school shooter
They said that a stipulation of Cruz living with them was that he store his AR-15 assault rifle in a gun safe
Mr Snead said he thought he had the only key to the safe, and let Cruz into it just once during their stay – to clean a gun
He added that Cruz apologized when he saw them at the police station after last week’s shooting

19 February 2018

The family who took Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz into their home in November after his mother died said they thought they had the only key to the gun safe where his AR-15 rifle was stored.

The 19-year-old used the assault rifle to kill 17 and injure more than a dozen more in a shooting last Wednesday at his old high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland.

After their adoptive mother died on November 1 from pneumonia, Cruz and his brother moved in with a family friend. But the situation didn’t work out for Cruz and he asked to move in with the Sneads, the family of a former classmate.

James and Kimberly Snead appeared on Good Morning America Monday morning, and revealed that one of the stipulations of Cruz moving in was that he had to store his gun in a gun safe.

‘I thought I had the only key to the gun safe,’ James Snead said.

Mr Snead said he had met Cruz a few times before he moved in with them.

‘He was very polite. He seemed normal,’ he said.

During the three months that Cruz was living with them, the Sneads say he asked to get into the safe just twice.

‘Once I said yes because he wanted to clean it…and another time he asked and I said no, it wasn’t a good time,’ Mr Snead, a military intelligence analyst, said.

When pressed about why he turned Cruz down the second time he wanted to get into the safe, Mr Snead said: ‘I don’t know what the situation was in the house it just wasn’t a good time. I don’t know if we were getting ready to leave or getting ready to sit down for dinner or something but it wasn’t a good time.’

The couple said they didn’t have a problem with Cruz having a gun in the house because ‘he followed the rules’.

‘They weren’t allowed to be out if we weren’t home or one of us wasn’t home and he knew that and to our knowledge he never had them out,’ Kimberly Snead, a neonatal intensive care nurse, said.

They added that they were blindsided by Cruz’s actions, and had no idea about his troubled history – including the dozens of times cops were called to his mom’s house for domestic violence incidents and his treatment for mental illness.

‘Everything everybody seems to know, we didn’t know. We had rules and he followed every rule to a T,’ Mr Snead said.

The couple also detailed their brief interaction with Cruz after the shooting, when he was led by them at the police station after his arrest.

Mrs Snead was so angry at Cruz that she tried to physically lash out at him and had to be held back.

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