Florida school ‘shooter’ Nikolas Cruz let a student who caught him loading his gun escape and told him ‘Things are gonna get messy.’
Freshman Chris McKenna, 15, came face to face with Cruz in a second floor hallway of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as he prepared to start shooting.
Recalling the words Cruz, 19, allegedly spoke on seeing him, Chris said: ‘You’d better get out of here.
‘Things are gonna start getting messy.;
Chris was so shocked by the warning that he froze for a second, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel, but fled the building soon after.
He then warned school football coach Aaron Feis about what he had seen, with the brave coach later giving his own life to shield students from the hail of bullets.
Chris was with Aaron when the school’s fire alarm went off – an alleged ploy by Cruz to lure targets out into the open.
He later fled, and was horrified to discover that three of his four classmates had been killed.
Speaking of the near-miss and subsequent tragic news, he said: ‘I’m in shock.
‘That’s the only thing I can feel right now.
Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following the massacre at the school, and held without bail.
He is said to have walked into the school armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and opened fire.
It is the deadliest school shooting in the US in five years.