Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel described Cruz's online profiles and accounts as "very, very disturbing".  They contained pictures and posts of him with a variety of weapons, including long knives, a shotgun, a pistol, and a BB gun . Police said that he held "extremist" views; social media accounts that were thought to be linked to him contained anti-black and anti-Muslim slurs.  YouTube comments linked to him include "I wanna die Fighting[sic] killing shit ton[sic] of people", threats against police officers and Antifa , and intent to mimic the University of Texas tower shooting .    In February 2017, he legally purchased an AR-15 style rifle from a Coral Springs gun store . A year later, he used this weapon to commit the mass shooting at his former school.