Shooting In Broward County High School Death Toll Is 17

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19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student who was expelled for disciplinary reasons is the prime suspect in a school shooting that left 17 people both students and teachers dead. The death toll could rise with at least with at least another dozen in the hospital.

It was the worst mass killing since Sandy Hook.

Twelve people were killed inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., three outside the school and two people died at the hospital.

The school, which has an enrollment of 3,200 students, is in an affluent suburb northwest of Fort Lauderdale.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference that Cruz, said that the suspect had “countless” gun magazines and one “AR-type rifle.”

The Florida school shooting is the deadliest since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed. It is the third-deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history, after Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech.

Wednesday’s incident is the sixth high-school shooting so far this year that resulted in injury or death, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control and against gun violence. There have been about 30 school days in 2018.

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A shooting at a Florida high school Wednesday sent students rushing out into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building, and police warned that the shooter was still at large. School officials said they had received reports of multiple injuries and one death thus gar.

Coral Springs Police said on their Twitter account Wednesday that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was locked down and that students and teachers inside should remain barricaded until police reach them.

Len Murray’s 17-year-old son, a junior at the school, sent his parents a chilling text around

Television footage showed police in olive fatigues, with weapons drawn, entering the school, then dozens of children frantically running and walking quickly out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate. Some students exited the building in single-file rows with hands raised overhead to show they carried no weapons. Others held onto other students as they made their way out past helmeted police in camouflage with weapons drawn.

The Broward Schools department said on its website that it had received reports of “possible multiple injuries” and was dismissing students. The department said students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire and the school immediately went on lockdown.

Murray said he raced to the school only to be stopped by authorities under a highway overpass within view of the school buildings. He said he told his son to save his battery and stop texting, while the boy’s mother told him to turn off his ringer.

No information has been provided yet to parents, he said. “I’m scared for the other parents here. You can see the concern in everybody’s faces. Everybody is asking, ‘Have you heard from your child yet?’” Murray said.

 

Multiple deaths were reported Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and authorities reported a suspect in custody.

Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell, whose city contracts fire service in Parkland, confirms there were “multiple fatalities.”

Tweets came flowing in from top lawmakers and President Trump.

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The Broward Sheriff’s Office is responding to an active shooter incident in Parkland. The sheriff’s office says there are multiple victims. WSVN reports at least 20 people hurt.

The shooting happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at 5901 Pine Island Road. According to WSVN, the school is on lockdown.

Coral Springs Police are asking students and teachers to remain barricaded inside the school until officers can reach them.

A public information officer from the sheriff’s office is due on scene shortly. Stay here for up-to-the minute developments.

The suspected shooter is still at large, the Associated Press reported.

Chopper4 was at the school located at 5901 Pine Island Road over reports of a shooting.

Margate Fire Dept. says 20 to 50 people might be injured. The U.S. Coast Guard AND Palm Beach County are sending helicopters to help.

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