Hollywood actor Josh Gad has confirmed that his friend’s son was one of the 17 victims of the Florida school shooting.
The Frozen star said he awoke to a heartbreaking text informing him that the boy had passed away.
"Last night, I received a text while I slept that our friend’s son passed away from his gun shot wound," he told his 319,000 followers.
"My grief for this family and the many others knows no bounds," he continued.
"I’m so sorry this happened. I’m so sorry our leaders are worthless. I’m so sorry we are bound to repeat this again."
Suspect Nikolas Cruz has charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder after gunfire erupted at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, just before classes ended on Wednesday afternoon.
Josh earlier revealed that his friend’s child had been wounded and was in a critical condition.
"I am so angry tonight. I am so sad. I’m putting my phone down because we are debating sensible gun laws again," he tweeted.
"A child of one of our friend’s has a bullet in his chest & is critical condition because a 19 year old had access to a military weapon. Pretend it’s normal. It’s not."
Cruz, 19, was questioned for hours by US federal authorities in relation to yesterday’s deadly massacre.
A charge sheet published online today confirmed his status as ‘pending trial’.
And as Cruz was taken to his cell, US President Donald Trump urged Americans to report ‘disturbed’ people showing signs of ‘erratic behaviour’ to the authorities.
The shooting is now ranked as the second deadliest act of gun violence on a US public school campus.
Cruz was arrested in a nearby community two miles from the school around an hour after the rampage.
CNN, citing law enforcement sources, said the gunman pulled the fire alarm and shot at staff and students before trying to blend in and leave among fleeing crowds.
The teen later surrendered to police without a struggle, officials said.
He was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, multiple magazines of ammunition, a gas mask and smoke grenades.
Trump tweeted: "So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior.
"Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again."
The shooting was the 18th in a US school this year, according to gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety.
A student who was in class at the time of the shooting said she "cannot unsee" the terror that unfolded before her.
Morgan Williams described on Twitter how her friends were killed as the gunman roamed through the school corridors.
She said: "I cannot stop hearing the sound of the gun as he walked down my hallway. I cannot unsee my classmates who were shot get carried out by police. I cannot unsee the bodies on the floor.
"Never in a million years did I think I would have ever gone through this. There is no reason why I should have had to run past deceased friends and classmates to get to safety because there isn’t a control on how easy it is to get a gun."
As a high school freshman, Cruz was part of the US military-sponsored Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp programme at the school, according to Jillian Davis, 19, a recent graduate and former fellow JROTC member at Stoneman Douglas High.
In an interview with Reuters, Davis recalled his "strange talking sometimes about knives and guns" and said "no one ever took him seriously".
Former classmate Eddie Bonilla told CBS Miami he knew Cruz before he got kicked out of school.
"He got kicked out of school last year," said Bonilla. "He always had guns on him and stuff like that.
"Honestly a lot of people a lot of people were saying it was going to be him.
"We actually, a lot of kids threw jokes around Iike that, saying that he’s the one to shoot up the school, but it turns out everyone predicted it. It’s crazy."
According to the Sun Sentinel, Cruz’s adoptive mother Lynda died in November at age 68 from pneumonia.
His dad Roger died from a heart attack when he was much younger, neighbours said.
The couple adopted Nikolas and his biological brother, Zachary, after they moved from Long Island to Broward County. They adopted Nikolas on the day he was born.
Family member Barbara Kumbatovich said she met the boys only once when they were very young and attended a family funeral in New York.
The boys were left in the care of a family friend after Lynda died on November 1, she said.
"I know he [Cruz] did have some issues and he may have been taking medication," Kumbatovich told the Sun Sentinel.
Another relative, who did not want to be named, said Cruz had been diagnosed with autism.
After Lynda died, Cruz and his brother lived with a family friend in Palm Beach County.
Cruz then asked a friend, who he knew from his time at Stoneman Douglas, if he could move in with his family in northwest Broward, said Jim Lewis, an attorney speaking on behalf of that family.
The lawyer would not identify the family.
The family let Cruz move in around Thanksgiving, gave him his own room and urged him to attend adult education classes, Lewis said.
Cruz also got a job at a local dollar store, he said.
Cruz was described by former classmates as "weird", "a little off" and a "loner".
Shelby and Richie Speno moved onto the street where the Cruz family lived in 2005.
Shelby Speno said she heard rumours Cruz had bitten a child and stolen neighbours’ post. She says he once threw eggs at her husband’s car while he was driving.
Trevor Hart, 16, who knew Cruz from Marjory Stoneman, said they ate together once in a while in the cafeteria.
He said Cruz talked about shooting chickens, lizards, squirrels and frogs.
Horrifying video captured by a student shows lifeless victims as teens were rescued by police and ushered out of the school.
Students and staff barricaded themselves inside classrooms – with one group hiding in a closet as pupils cried in terror – as the shooter carried out the Valentine’s Day massacre with an assault rifle.
In the aftermath, one traumatised survivor described how "there was blood everywhere" after bullets were fired through classroom windows as the gunman stalked the sprawling campus.