Cano has been arrested in the past, police said, and has an "extensive criminal record." His most recent arrest was for burglary. Tampa police confirmed that Cano had previously broken into a house and stolen a firearm. The victim, a convicted felon, did not press charges. Cano had also previously been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a taser, and the possession of marijuana.
Castor said that Canon was already a person of interest to them, in that he was part of their group of offenders that Tampa Police keeps an eye on.
In response to Cano's mental status, Castor only said, "we are not in the business of diagnosing the mental health of an individual."
But Cano's recent Facebook status messages may indicate emotional disturbance. "My life stays on repeat its gettin old :/" he posted on Monday at 12:11a.m.
Under his favorite quotations on Facebook, he listed, "lessons not learned in blood are soon forgotten."
Cano also admitted to his use of marijuana on his Facebook profile, posting "i love me some weed haha" on Aug. 13 at 11:45 a.m.
But on Tuesday, Cano posted to his wall, "i jut did the dumbest thing ever!"
According to Christopher Farkas, Freedom High School principle for the past three years, Cano was suspended from that school in March 2010 for an off-campus incident. Police confirmed that he was expelled from school for his previous burglary.
In a press conference today, Farkas, who knew Cano, said, "there are threats that happen" involving the school, but that "95 percent of time, they're not real."
Farkas said school will open on Tuesday as scheduled, with increased police security on campus and counselors available to students if necessary. Electronic messages have also been sent out to parents of students informing them that the school is working with the Tampa Police Department to keep the school safe.