Florida School Shooting live updates: In a shocking incident, a former student, Nikolas Cruz (19), at a Florida high school opened fire in the school on Wednesday, causing “numerous fatalities” and sending hundreds of panicked young people fleeing their classrooms before he was arrested by police. The shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. School authorities said the incident happened when the school was dismissing students. The suspect has been taken into police custody. The reason behind the horrific step of the former student is yet to be ascertained. Media reports are also speculating IS links of the arrested attacker.
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7:45 AM: The shooting is said to be one of the 10 deadliest one in modern US history.
7:35 AM: Authorities said several victims were being treated in the hospital. Three of them are in critical conditions and another three in stable condition.
7:25 AM: “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,” President Donald Trump said in a tweet.
7:15 AM: Cruz, 19, was a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where the shooting took place. Israel said Cruz got expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. The suspect had countless magazines, he added. “At this point, we believe he had one AR-15 rifle. I don’t know if he had a second one,” the sheriff said in response to a question. The suspect was treated and released to the police.
7:00 AM: Of the 17 dead, 12 were inside the building, two were shot dead just outside the building, one was on a street outside the school, and two people lost their lives at a hospital. Israel, however, could not confirm the number of victim students.
6:50 AM: The school has quite a number of Indian-American students and at least one student from the community was injured in the incident.
6:40 AM: The student, a ninth grader, sustained minor injures as he was hit by splinters. He is being treated at a hospital. “This is a sad day for the country and the community. We all Indian-Americans are praying for the victims,” Shekar Reddy, whose friend’s son was among those injured in the mass shooting, told PTI.
6: 27 am: As per TV reports, the suspected IS attacker had AR-15 and multiple magazines to execute the ordeal.
“I really hope this isn’t real.” A student describes her thoughts during the confusion after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida https://t.co/cLg20ReNBl pic.twitter.com/kv1m4Y5TjC
— CNN (@CNN) February 14, 2018
6: 15 am: The gunman was identified as Nikolas Cruz, who previously attended the school and was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news briefing hours later, Reuters reported.
6: 00 am: Suspected shooter at Florida high school identified as 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz – says sheriff, as per a Reuters report.
“A child of God is dead. Can not we acknowledge in this country that we cannot accept this?” Counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd becomes emotional about the shooting at a Florida high school https://t.co/mt55EwkQj1 https://t.co/NLYw9tB3K0
— CNN (@CNN) February 14, 2018
5: 45 am: The school had recently held a meeting to discuss what to do in such an attack, Ryan Gott, a 15-year-old freshman told CNN.
5: 27 am: Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut — a prominent voice in the fight for gun control — took to the Senate floor late this afternoon to address the Florida school shooting. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else,” he said, reported IANS.
5: 10 am: First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, too offered her condolences.
My heart is heavy over the school shooting in Florida. Keeping all affected in my thoughts & prayers.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 14, 2018
4: 45 am: United States President Donald Trump on Thursday offered his condolences, following the shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida.
Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018