'There are unequivocally no words': 17 passed in Florida high propagandize shooting; former tyro in custody


Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says there are mixed casualties in a sharpened during a high propagandize in South Florida. (Feb. 14)

PARKLAND, Fla. — A former tyro went on a sharpened uproar at a Florida high school Wednesday, withdrawal 17 passed while panicked students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and raging relatives raced to a scene. 

The gunman, who had been expelled and didn’t graduate, was identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel pronounced Cruz was armed with “countless” magazines and an AR-15-style rifle. 

Cruz was arrested a brief distance from a propagandize nearby a home, a law coercion central who is not certified to criticism publicly told USA TODAY. Students recognized a think during a assault, he said.

Flanked by officers, a think was after escorted into a military hire wearing a sanatorium gown. 

“This is catastrophic,” Israel said. “There are unequivocally no words.” 

The sharpened happened about 2 p.m. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, according to a Coral Springs Police Department. 

Students pronounced disharmony ensued when a fire alarm sounded in a propagandize nearby exclusion time — afterwards a gunfire started. Israel pronounced Cruz started sharpened outward afterwards done his approach by a school’s hallways. 

He wore a gas facade and used fume grenades “so a kids would come out in a hallways and thus, he had a event with swarming hallways to start picking off people,” Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told MSNBC

Student Rebecca Bogart, 17, wasn’t certain if a reports of sharpened were a cavalcade during first. 

The propagandize had a glow cavalcade progressing that day, and she knew it was rather common to do an active shooter drill. 

It wasn’t until a windows of her initial building classroom cracked and Bogart saw a bullet nearby a shades did she know what was happening.

“It was unequivocally tough to be calm,” Bogart said. “My crony was holding my hand.”

Bogart pronounced that’s what she and her classmates attempted to do as they hid from a shooter.

Though she couldn’t see them from underneath a teacher’s table where she was hiding, Bogart pronounced she could hear 4 of her classmates screaming in pain from injuries.

She combined she didn’t know either they had been shot.

When SWAT officers entered a classroom, they escorted students out. As Bogart walked down a hall, she saw students lonesome in blood.

Officers told her and a other students to get as distant divided as possible. Bogart pronounced she walked miles before interlude to get picked adult by her father.

“I’m still in startle right now,” she said.

Television footage showed a terrifying moments outward a school. Students ran singular record from a building with their hands in a atmosphere — throwing backpacks into a vast raise and huddling under trees opposite a street. 

As students scrambled to safety, law enforcers with weapons drawn approached a building.

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The gunman was diminished from a propagandize for “disciplinary reasons,” though Israel didn’t elaborate.

Cameras prisoner authorities holding Cruz into control and to a internal hospital. Police said a gunman was a member of a JROTC program. 

Some students and teachers who fled a propagandize told reporters they knew a former tyro and that he had guns. 

As friends stealing from a shooter sent photos and videos over Snapchat to 19-year-old Jillian Davis, she started to commend a think as a former classmate who had a story of creation dark, gun-related jokes. 

Cruz, a classmate who participated in Davis’s ninth class JROTC group, was customarily a still child who kept to himself, though “there was a lot of annoy government issues there,” Davis said.

“Finding out it was him creates a lot of clarity now,” she said.

Cruz would fun about sharpened people or sharpened adult establishments, she said. At a time, she suspicion it was normal, aroused teenage jokes, she said. Cruz would also speak a lot about carrying guns and regulating them in opposite situations, she said.

Math teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald he taught a think final year, who he said was troubled. 

“We were told final year that he wasn’t authorised on campus with a trek on him,” Gard told a newspaper. “There were problems with him final year melancholy students, and we theory he was asked to leave campus.” 

Israel pronounced authorities were scouring by anything that would lead them to a ground in a tragedy, adding that includes a website and amicable media pages. 

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie pronounced it was a dim day in a county’s history. 

“It’s a horrific situation. It’s only a terrible day for us,” he said. “…This is a day we prayed would never occur in a county.” 

He pronounced each high propagandize in a county has a military presence, adding there are typically dual officers during each school. 

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