A distress shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland city, a middle-class community about 72 Km north of Miami at 2:30pm. At least 17 people were killed along with 15 injured including students and staff.
The teen behind the massacre was identified as Nikolas Cruz, who was expelled for “disciplinary reasons” a year ago. He was arrested and taken to hospital after the minor injuries.
Broward county sheriff Scott Israel, ‘we have already begun to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things are very, very disturbing’.
He added, ‘he had countless magazines, and at this point, we believe he had one AR-15 rifle’.
The incident raises the question of the epidemic of the gun violence in United States and accessibility of 33,000-gun related deaths annually.
A law Enforcement told that the gunman drags a fire alarm before opening fire. Students after the massacre was very scared and almost in a shock. They were directed out of the school surrounded by heavily armed police officer and SWAT team.
One of the student named Jeiella dodo told that she and her classmates had move out of the class after hearing what was wrongly thought as a routine fire alarm.
Adding up she said, “I heard about six gunshots, and then some people started running and then everyone started running because we were like ‘if it’s real, then just run’”.
President Donald trump tweeted, ‘’My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”. He added, “just spoke to governor rick Scott. We are working closely with Law Enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting”.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
At least 12 of them were shot inside the premises and two were killed outside.
Cruz had already been identified as a threat to students of the school and authorities had send out an email, warning teachers about him.
Jim Gard, a teacher said that, ‘we were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him. There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave the campus’.
The country had an at least 291 school shootings since January 2013 which is an average of about one school shooting a week, according to Everytown for gun safety.