17 killed in shooting at South Florida high school

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A 19-year-old former student armed with an AR-15 opened fire inside a South Florida high school on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 17 people in the latest burst of deadly violence to erupt inside an American school.

The shooting sparked a brief, intense manhunt across the quiet suburban community of Parkland, Fla., locking teachers and students huddled inside classrooms until officers captured the young man they said had gunned down his former peers.

A dozen people were killed inside the school, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters Wednesday evening. Three more died outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, while two others died at area hospitals. Others wounded in the shooting were still undergoing surgery, he said.

“It’s a horrific, horrific day,” said Israel, noting that his triplets had graduated from the same school where the shooting occurred.

The shooting was the latest in a long line of violent attacks that have shattered the peace inside schools, movie theaters, churches, offices and other public places. Once again, bullets tore through school hallways as students and teachers sought shelter. Once again, lives were cut short and others irrevocably, painfully changed. Once again, the nation watched with horror as they again confronted the unthinkable.

For Israel’s department, the shooting at Douglas marked the second time in a little over a year that they have responded to a mass shooting. In January 2017, Broward Sheriff’s deputies rushed to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to respond to a gunman who got off of a plane, pulled out a gun and began firing at other travelers, killing five people.

Authorities said the Valentine’s Day rampage at Douglas began outside the building before the gunman headed inside not long before classes were to be dismissed for the day. Police identified the suspected gunman as Nikolaus Cruz, 19, and said he had been a Douglas student who was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons. (Police also spelled his first name as “Nikolas.”)

“It’s just catastrophic,” Israel told reporters at a news briefing. “There really are no words.”

It was possible Cruz may have also attended J.P. Taravella High School, which is not far from Douglas, but that was not clear, Israel said.

Police did not immediately detail a possible motivation for the shooting. Investigators have begun digging into Cruz’s activities online and on social media, and what they found so far was “very, very disturbing,” Israel said, though he did not elaborate. (Washington Post)

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  • nick Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:18 AM

    Check trump tweet he will say Muslim terrorist before the investigation then he will say white mentally ill person via DM Android App

    Ishi Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:59 AM

    This is the 18th school shooting in USA in 2018 and its just February. Great country anhh..

    Sarath Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:14 AM

    If frequent random killings like these had been happening in Asian countries then the Western nations would have called the brown skin people as subhumans and even officially would have isolated the us.

    Mendis Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:30 AM

    There is inherently something seriously wrong with the Whites and the Non-African Blacks (dependents of slaves).Killings for the sake of killings happens in all of their countries whether America,Canada,Britain,France,or Australia. We should be proud of being Asians.

    Sira Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:49 AM

    Americans have the FBI, the British have their Scotland Yard,......but in reality none of them work. All propaganda.They are all clueless and out of their depth to the shocking crimes in their own countries.

    Buwa Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:07 PM

    If this happened in Sri Lanka what would have been the response of Sri Lankans? They would have called this a kalakanni rata, sudhdho giye aparade, etc. But when it happens in USA it is just a minor incident. We should get rid of this slavish mentality

    Lara Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:09 PM

    We should copy this too. We are good at Copying everything from West.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:30 PM

    It is time to abolish the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution, which allows weapons to be carried. But the gun lobby still has too much influence on politics.


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