At Least 17 Killed And 50 Injured In Florida High School Mass Murder; Suspect Identified As Former Student Who Was Rusticated
Seventeen killed and dozens of people injured in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed. A 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz has been identified as the suspect who was expelled from the high school a year back due to some unknown ''disciplinary reasons.''
At Least 17 Killed And Over 50 Injured After A Former Student Opened The Gunfire At A Florida High School On Wednesday
- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed at least 17 people died and over 50 injured after a gunman opened gunfire at a hall full of students in a high school.
- The gunman, identified as Nikolas Cruz, a former student who was expelled, has been in police custody.
- Police revealed the teenager was rusticated from the institution last year regarding some unknown 'disciplinary reasons.'
- The suspect managed to flee the school with some terrified students, but authorities later found him in a nearby neighborhood after reviewing surveillance footage.
Seventeen killed and dozens of people injured in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed.
A 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz has been identified as the suspect who was expelled from the high school a year back due to some unknown ''disciplinary reasons.''
The suspect also fled the scene with hundreds of terrified students. Investigators found him around two hours later after seeing the surveillance footage. Aerial footage showed the suspect wearing a maroon colored sweatshirt when he was put in the back of a cruiser by the officers.
Israel said police believed the suspect, who is in custody, used an AR-15-style weapon. He also added he had ''countless magazines.''
Israel confirmed 12 people died at the scene while two killed just outside the building, one died on the way to the hospital, and two died in the hospital.
The Florida Governor Rick Scott declared the government flags flown at half-staff through Monday in honor of the victims of the mass murder.
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie released a statement saying,
This has been a day where we've seen the worst of humanity. Tomorrow is gonna bring out the best in humanity as we come together to move forward from this unspeakable tragedy.
President Donald Trump also conducted his condolences to the bereaved family members in a tweet.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Wednesday's shooting is the third deadliest mass shooting in the United States to take place within last five months. Back in October 2017, a gunman, Stephen Paddock opened the gunfire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert in Las Vegas which left around 60 people killed.
In November 2017, a gunman named Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people including an unborn baby at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.