Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida: what we know
At least 17 people are dead. The 19-year-old suspect is in custody.
A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has left at least 17 people dead and multiple people injured. Students and adults are among the victims, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
A 19-year-old male suspect, Nikolas Cruz, is now in custody. Officials identified him as a former student at the high school.
“That should not happen in Parkland, it should not happen anywhere in this country,” Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie said Wednesday night. “We have got to find a way for this to stop.”
The story is still developing, and the investigation is in its very early stages. Details, including the final casualty count, could change with more information. Here’s what we know — and don’t.
What we know
- At least 17 people were killed in the school shooting. At least 15 others were hospitalized, with five individuals sustaining life-threatening injuries. Teenagers and adults are among the victims, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
- At least 12 people were killed inside the school building. Two others were killed outside, and another person was fatally shot on a street corner when the suspect fled the scene. At least two died at the hospital, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a press conference Wednesday.
- The sheriff said the 12 victims killed inside the school have been identified, but law enforcement is not yet releasing their names. A football coach was killed, and the son of a sheriff’s deputy suffered a non-life-threatening injury after he was shot in the arm, according to Israel.
- Around 2:30 pm, just before class dismissal, the fire alarm went off, and shooting began. A law enforcement official told told CBS News it was believed the suspect pulled the fire alarm before the shooting rampage.
- The lone suspect is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody off school property about an hour after the shooting, and was initially transported to a nearby hospital. He has since been transferred to the sheriff’s headquarters, reports to CBS News.
- Cruz is a former Stoneman Douglas High School student who had been expelled for disciplinary issues, the sheriff said, though he did not say when or why. Cruz is currently enrolled in Broward County public schools, Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.
- Sheriff Israel said Cruz was armed with an AR-15 rifle and “countless magazines.”
- Investigators have begun to scour Cruz’s social media activities and so far have found “very, very disturbing” materials, the sheriff said.
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has around 3,000 students. It’s located in Parkland, Florida, north of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Classes are canceled at the school for the remainder of the week.
- There have been at least 17 other school shootings in the US in 2018, based on data from Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that advocates for gun control.
What we don’t know
- The shooter’s motive
- The final casualty count
- The victims’ identities
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‘Multiple fatalities’: At least 14 victims in south Florida high school shooting; suspect former student
On February 14, 2018, at approximately 2:20 p.m. EST, a shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At least 20 people were reportedly injured, and the alleged shooter is in custody with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The local fire chief confirmed to the Miami Herald there is at least one fatality. According to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, there have been a “number of fatalities”.
The shooting began on February 14, 2018, at approximately 2:20 p.m. EST, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter has been identified by law enforcement as Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, a former student of the school.
President Donald Trump and Governor Rick Scott were briefed on the shooting. Trump tweeted “prayers and condolences,” saying “No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.” A male suspect has been detained, but police are still looking for motives.
‘Multiple fatalities’: At least 14 victims in south Florida high school shooting; suspect former studentSeveral people are reportedly injured after a shooting in a south Florida high school Wednesday and the suspect is still at large, police said. APThe shooting happened about 2 p.m. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, according to the Coral Springs Police Department.
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said “multiple fatalities” have been reported.
“It’s a horrific situation. It’s just a horrible day for us,” he said. “…This is a day we prayed would never happen in our county.”
He said every high school in the county has a police presence, adding there are typically two officers at every school.
Margate Fire Chief Dan Booker told the Miami Herald that the shooting was a mass casualty incident. He said more than 20 were hurt, although he could not confirm exactly how many have been injured or how many were shot.
The school district released a statement explaining the shooting happened close to dismissal time. When students heard what sounded like gunfire, the school was placed on lockdown.
Cameras captured authorities taking a man into custody and to a local hospital. As the incident was unfolding, police described the gunman as someone who possibly attended the school and was a member of the JROTC program. Authorities said he was wearing a hoodie and has red hair.
Many students and teachers who fled the school said they knew the former student and that he had guns.
Math teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald he’d taught the suspect last year, adding the former student was troubled and identified as a threat to other students in the past.
“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” Gard told the newspaper. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
Students said chaos ensued when a fire alarm sounded in the school — then the gunfire started.
Television footage showed the terrifying moments outside the school. Students ran single file from the building with their hands in the air — throwing backpacks into a large pile and huddling under trees across the street.
Worried parents crowded around the the school, some asking television crews what they should do to get information on their child, and students cried when they were reunited with their mothers and fathers.
Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at the school, told CNN she hid with her students in a closet until law enforcement cleared them.
When they were escorted out, many saw broken glass, blood and bodies covered by tarps.
Footage outside the school showed students being treated on sidewalks and loaded into ambulances.
As students scrambled to safety, law enforcers with weapons drawn approached the building and emergency vehicles converged on the scene.
The White House released a statement as details of the shooting were still being released.
“The president has been made aware of the school shooting in Florida,” Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said. “We are monitoring the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”
The incident comes just weeks after a shooting at a rural Kentucky high school. In that incident, a 15-year-old faces two counts of murder and 12 counts of first-degree assault after police said he killed two and wounded more than a dozen others in a shooting spree at Marshall County High School in Benton.
The Kentucky shooting followed two others at or near a U.S. school in January.
In Parkland, Florida there has been a massive school shooting at Stoneman Douglas Highschool. This is such a tragic event that is effecting so many. The highschool near Miami, Florida was under attack shortly before 3. Many thought it was fire crackers but unfortunately they couldn’t imagine this tragedy. The school was locked down and 14 so far have been brought in to the hospital. There has been numerous fatalities reported but no clear count of devastating casualities yet.
As a mother of 3, this breaks my heart and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. Situations like this are traumatising and makes any parent or loved one fear their child going through this. I’m so sorry to everyone for this tragedy and may God be with everyone going through this devastating horror.
Thankfully, a suspect has been taking in custody and I hope the justice system makes sure…
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