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The couple who took in accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz after his mother died in November says he was depressed but seemed to be getting happier - and they are baffled at how he became one of the deadliest teen killers in USA history.

Cruz moved in with Kimberly and James Snead after the death of his adoptive mother Lynda Cruz from pneumonia in November.

"I went after him", Kimberly Snead said.

The couple said they had no problem with Cruz keeping a gun in the house because "he followed the rules".

"When we went out to dinner, he went out to dinner with us".

Mr Snead said the pair were clueless of Cruz's fatal actions last week.

The Sneads disagree. When asked if they feel any responsibility for the shooting, James Snead replied, "We feel heartfelt sorrow for the families involved".

They were forced to teach him basic chores such as how to cook, use the microwave, wash his clothes and tidy up after himself.

"Everything that everybody now knows about him, we didn't know", said Snead, 48, a construction consultant and former U.S. Army soldier.

The couple said that Cruz would never had been in their home if they had known information him that others knew.

However, after being evaluated by Henderson Behavioral Health professionals, the decision was made not to hospitalize him.

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Since the shooting there have been reports the teenager was suffering depression ahead of the shooting.

He said he was going to see a movie.

During the three months Cruz lived there, he was respectful and quiet but also sad over his mother's death, the lawyer told the Associated Press.

"This family did what they thought was right, which was take in a troubled kid and try to help him, and that doesn't mean he can't bring his stuff into their house", Lewis, their attorney, told CNN.

They told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Cruz texted their son on the day of the shooting to ask what classroom he was in, adding that he had something important to tell him. There was a gun safe and James Snead believed he possessed the sole key.

The next day authorities say he walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, armed with a semiautomatic assault weapon, smoke grenades and a mask.

"The SWAT team called me and asked if I knew where my son Nikolas was".

Mr Snead told the paper he thought he was the only person who possessed a key to the safe, but he now thinks Mr Cruz kept a key for himself.

"If he was willing to do that, there's no telling what he would have done to us", said Snead.

"So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates", Carlos told ABC's Good Morning America. They searched the house, but Cruz wasn't there.

The young man who had been friendly with their son regularly attended adult-education classes, bicycled to his job as a cashier and watched TV shows with the family. James had to hold Kimberly back. "Everything I wanted to say - I tried to reserve myself", Kimberly said. "I was actually going to strangle him".

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