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Parkland Shooter Recorded Himself Plotting School Massacre

[caption id="attachment_21701" align="aligncenter" width="527"] In this Feb. 19 file photo, Nikolas Cruz, accused of murdering 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, appears in court for a status hearing in Fort Lauderdale.[/caption] Newly released video from the Broward state attorney's office shows confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz in a selfie calmly detailing plans to massacre students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. "Hello. My name is Nick, and I'm gonna be the next school shooter of 2018," Cruz says, looking into the camera. "My goal is at least 20 people with an AR-15 and couple tracer rounds." "It's gonna be a big event," Cruz says, dragging out the word "big." At one point, he laughs and seemingly imitates the sound of shots firing. "You're all going to die," he says. "Ah yeah. Can't wait." Cruz, 19, is charged with carrying out one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. On Feb. 14, he walked into the school he once attended and opened fire with an assault rifle. His rampage left 17 students and employees dead. "I hate everyone and everything," Cruz says in the the undated cell phone video, which may have been recorded on the morning of the shooting. "With the power of my AR, you will all know who I am." In March, a grand jury handed down a 34-count indictment charging Cruz with 17 counts of first-degree premeditated murder and 17 counts of first-degree attempted murder. "Alright, so here's the plan," Cruz says in the recording. "We're gonna go take Uber in the afternoon before 2:40. From there, I'm gonna go up to school campus, walk up the stairs, load my bags, get my AR and shoot people down at ... the main courtyard. Wait and people will die." The video runs for two minutes and 10 seconds. In it, Cruz is calm. He uses a sing-song tone at some points. "All the kids in school will run in fear and hide," he predicts. "From the wrath of my power they will know who I am." "When you see me on the news, you'll all know who I am," he adds. State Attorney said in March that he would seek the death penalty. The Broward public defender's office represents Cruz. "This is an awful case, and this release by the state is more of that awfulness and further shows how severely broken a human being the defendant is," Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said Thursday. "We intentionally limited our discovery request so that videos like this and worse would not go public and further hurt and inflame the victims' families and the community. We continue to stand ready to plead guilty to 34 consecutive life sentences without parole." Cruz's lawyers are fighting to stave off the death penalty for the teenage defendant. But in the video, a brazen would-be shooter expresses contempt for "stupid and brainwashed" people, and for himself. "I am nothing. I am no one. ... My life is nothing and meaningless," he says. "I had enough pain, told what to do and when to do." "Today is the day," Cruz declares. "The day of my massacre shall begin." Read more: 'There'll Be No Sympathy:' Lawyers Discuss Defense Strategies After Mass School Shooting List of Defendants May Grow Much Longer, Says Lawyer for Parkland School Shooting Victim Survivor Wants Broward Defender and State Attorney Out of Parkland School Shooting Case Parkland Families Seek Clearance to Sue Gun Maker, Seller Deputies Hold Vote on Sheriff After Florida School Massacre Grand Jury Indicts Parkland School Shooter