Florida shooting suspect is not a Democrat
The suspect charged with the shooting that killed at least 17 people at a Florida high school is not a registered voter, despite false claims circulating on social media that he is a Democrat.
Several right-wing sites highlighted Nikolas Cruz’ voter registration in initial reports on the Wednesday shooting in Parkland, Florida, although some identified the suspect as Nicolas de Jesus Cruz.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, is not a registered voter in Florida, said Mark Ard, a spokesman for the Florida Department of State, which manages elections there.
This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.