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At Least 17 Dead After Troubled Former Student Allegedly Opens Fire On Florida High School

Published on February 15, 2018


At Least 17 Dead After Troubled Former Student Allegedly Opens Fire On Florida High School

The gunman set off the school’s fire alarm, then shot students as they fled classrooms, officials said.
By Nina Golgowski, Sebastian Murdock, and Carla Herreria.

At least 17 people were killed and 15 injured when a shooter opened fire in a South Florida high school on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspected shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, is a former student who was expelled from the school for “disciplinary reasons.” He was arrested on Wednesday hours after the attack and has since been charged with premeditated murder.

A football coach is among the dead. The rest were “a mixture of students and adults.”

The attack marks the 18th school shooting of 2018.

A troubled former student armed with an assault-style rifle returned to his Parkland, Florida, high school on Wednesday and opened fire, killing at least 17 people and injuring 15, officials said.

Police said the accused gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, began shooting outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shortly before dismissal, then barged inside. Wearing a gas mask and armed with smoke grenades, he pulled a fire alarm to lure students out of classrooms, according to Sen.

Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who said he had been briefed by law enforcement. Cruz then sprayed students and staffers with bullets before blending in with the panicked crowd to escape.

“He went up and down the hallway just banging and shooting into the classrooms,” one student, Natalie, told CBS News. “He shot through my door and broke my window.”

Madison Sheib, a 15-year-old sophomore, was working on a study sheet in her math class when she heard what she first thought were the sounds of chairs being shuffled on the floor above her.

When she and other students realized what it was, they ran for cover.

Senior Eddie Bonilla told CBS Miami he wasn’t surprised his former classmate was arrested.

“Honestly a lot of people a lot of people were saying it was going to be him,” Bonilla said.

“We actually, a lot of kids threw jokes around Iike that, saying that he’s the one to shoot up the school, but it turns out everyone predicted it. It’s crazy.”


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