17 Dead In High School Mass Shooting: The Suspect Is A Former Expelled Student

Date February 15, 2018

In a truly heartbreaking incident, at least 17 students have been confirmed dead and many wounded after a shooter opened fire at Florida high school.


A tragic tale

On Wednesday, February 14, students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida began running for their lives when a gunman (unknown at the time) opened fire in the premises.


According to an unidentified student who spoke with WSVN, the school had had a fire drill earlier that day. It is believed that the shooter had pulled a fire alarm before the shooting spree, so at first, when students heard it, they thought it was another drill.

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Then, suddenly, the whole school began running for cover when it became clear that someone was shooting in the premises.


Suspect apprehended

The Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel, confirmed on Wednesday that 17 people died during the shooting, and an unconfirmed number of people are currently being treated for injuries.

Israel said that 12 of these victims were shot inside the school and have been identified, but no names have been officially released to the public yet. It has, however, been suspected that a football coach might have been killed, while a sheriff deputy's son suffered injuries after being shot in the arm. The sheriff did confirm that the victims included both adults and students.

The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who was once a student of the school. He was expelled for disciplinary reasons.

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A parent's nightmare

A parent of one of the students of the school, Lissette Rozenblatt, said she got the shock of her life when her daughter called to tell her what was going on after the shooting began.

She told me to please call the police because somebody was hurt, and she kept hearing that person crying out for help.

Another parent, Caesar Figueroa, told CNN:

She says she heard 10 shots, a window blew and everybody started screaming and running.

The incident has left many people heartbroken and has, once again, reignited the issue of gun control in the United States of America.

Our hearts are with those who suffered a loss as a result of this senseless crime.

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