At least 17 dead, 14 wounded after shooting at Florida high school
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At least 17 dead, 14 wounded after shooting at Florida high school

February 15, 2018

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At least 17 people were killed and 14 were wounded after a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, according to officials. Police identified Nikolas Cruz, 19, as the alleged shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he had been a student until he was “recently” expelled. The county sheriff said Cruz was thought to be armed with a AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and multiple magazines.

The shooting began outside the high school at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time, and then continued inside. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said he received information from the FBI indicating the shooter wore a gas mask and carried smoke grenades. Nelson also said the shooter reportedly activated a fire alarm around the start of the shooting so students would come out of the classrooms.

At 4:11 p.m., the county sheriff tweeted that a suspect was in custody. Police had arrested Cruz at least a mile from the school, which is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. According to The New York Times, Cruz had left the school at the same time that some students came out.

The Broward County public school system announced on Twitter that the high school would be closed for the rest of the week.

Sources: NBC News, The New York Times