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Samantha Grady, Florida Shooting Survivor, Says Her Late Friend's Advice Saved Her Life

Date February 16, 2018

The shooting that took place on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was another major tragedy for America. It has been ranked as one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in the US history. Reports reaching police just before 3 p.m. from the school resulted in a swift response.

Twelve people were killed inside the school building and two were killed outside. Victims include children and members of staff. The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had earlier been expelled from the school as a disciplinary measure. He was accosted after the incident and appeared in court yesterday. A total of 17 people lost their lives, and 14 were hospitalized.

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A survivor recounts her experience

Samantha Grady was working on a class assignment on the Holocaust when the shooting began. Then, the fire alarm went off, and students were trooping out of their classrooms.

Samantha was with a friend in the hallway when they heard two shots fired. The duo ran back into the classroom, but the door was locked.

We all kind of huddled there together," she said. "We all clamped really close, tightly together."

Samantha and her friend found cover by a bookshelf. According to Samantha, her friend yelled at her to pick a book and hold as cover. Samantha was able to find one, but it was a bit small. Still, she says it helped protect her from bullets.

The suspect shot through the glass doors, hoping to hit as many people as possible. Sadly, Samantha’s friend was among the victims of the shooting.

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After the shooting, Samantha left the classroom and found a hiding spot behind a truck before she called her parents.

Paramedics and police arrived at the scene, but the suspect had fled into the neighboring community. Samantha was very lucky to have survived.

Troubled teen

Investigators revealed that the suspect had always had a threatening disposition. This was the major cause of his dismissal from the high school. A teacher, Jim Gard, says Nikolas had a history of aggression against fellow students.

The teen was living with a family friend since his mother died in November last year. His hosts were aware that he owned an AR-15 rifle, and they had locked it in a safe. But Nikolas also had the key. This shooting has again risen concerns about gun control in America.

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