US Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida: what we know

04:41  15 february  2018
04:41  15 february  2018 Source:   Vox.com

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At least 17 people are dead. The 19-year-old suspect is in custody.

A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has left at least 17 people dead and multiple people injured. Students and adults are among the victims, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

A 19-year-old male suspect is now in custody. Officials identified him as a former student.

The story is still developing, and the investigation is in its very early stages. Details, including the casualty count and extent of injuries, could change with more information. Here’s what we know — and don’t.

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Seventeen people were killed and more than a dozen others were taken to area hospitals after a shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

What we know

  • At least 17 people were killed in the school shooting. Multiple others were injured. Teenagers and adults are among the victims, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s office.
  • At least 12 were killed inside the school building. Two others were killed outside, and another person was fatally shot on a street corner when the suspect fled the scene. At least two died at the hospital, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a press conference Wednesday evening.
  • Around 2:30 pm, just before class dismissal, the fire alarm went off, and shooting began. A law enforcement official told told CBS News that it was believed the suspect pulled the fire alarm before the shooting rampage.
  • The lone suspect is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody off school property about an hour after the shooting, and was initially transported to a nearby hospital. He has since been transferred to the sheriff’s headquarters, according to CBS News.
  • Cruz is a former Stoneman Douglas High School student who had been expelled for disciplinary issues, the sheriff said, though he did not say when or why.
  • Sheriff Israel said Cruz was armed with an AR-15 rifle and “countless magazines.”
  • Investigators have begun to scour Cruz’s social media activities and so far have found “very, very disturbing” stuff, the sheriff said.
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has around 3,000 students. It’s located in Parkland, Florida, north of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Classes are canceled at the school for the remainder of the week.
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  • President Donald Trump has reportedly been briefed on the shooting. He tweeted his “prayers and condolences.”
  • There have been at least 17 other school shootings in the US in 2018, based on data from Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that advocates for gun control.

What we don’t know

  • The shooter’s motive
  • The final casualty count
  • The victims’ identities

For more on America’s gun problem, read Vox’s explainer.

The store that sold the AR-15 used to kill 17 in Parkland has closed .
The Florida gun shop that sold the AR-15 assault weapon used to kill 17 people in a Parkland high school last week has shut its doors. The owners of Sunrise Tactical Supply, the Coral Springs shop that authorities said in November sold suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz the AR-15, has been ‘‘closed indefinitely,’’ according to the Miami Herald. Cruz was arrested after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which also left 14 people wounded.

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