Florida school shooting: What we know and what we don't know

Florida school shooting: What we know and what we don't know

Sheriff Israel identified the suspect as 19-year-old former student Nicolas Cruz, who, the Miami Herald reports, was identified last year as a potential threat to his classmates.

A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Broward caused "numerous" fatalities, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said. There are at least 14 people injured. "There really are no words". He said 12 people were killed inside the school, two outside, one on a nearby street and two others succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.

He said the victims include a mix of children and adults.

It was the 18th shooting in a USA school so far this year, according to gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety.

People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school.

As frantic parents rushed to the school, video from live television showed first responders treating people on sidewalks.

A former student accused of killing 17 students at a Florida high school showed signs of erratic behavior according to students who spoke to NBC 6
A former student accused of killing 17 students at a Florida high school showed signs of erratic behavior according to students who spoke to NBC 6

At least 17 people died in the massacre, deputies said. "That's the kid that bumped into me and was so rude to me when I was a freshman.' You know, it's pretty scary when you recognize somebody who did this". As students streamed away from the school, some ran while others walked quickly in orderly lines with their hands on or above their heads.Nicole Baltzer, 18, said she was in trigonometry class about 10 minutes before the end of the school day when the fire alarm went off.

As they hid out, locked inside classrooms, some began sharing the terror of their ordeal in real time on social media.

Len Murray said his 17-year-old son sent his parents this text from inside the school: "Mom and Dad, there have been shots fired on campus at school. It is a horrific situation". "It is a frightful day for us".

Yet even as officials gain a clearer understanding of how the shooter conducted the attack, law enforcement is opening its investigation into a still more hard question: why. "No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school", Trump tweeted Wednesday. When we started evacuating towards the back of Wesley's with the middle school I knew that it was more than a drill because we'd never done that.

It was the country's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked students and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.


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