Jamaican News, February 14, 2018 (Mckoy’s News)
PARKLAND, Fla. – Florida School Shooting 17 Dead: an American nightmare unfolded Wednesday afternoon at a high school in Broward County after a former student came onto campus and opened fire, killing 17.
Details are beginning to emerge amid a flurry of police activity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where students puzzled at the sound of a fire alarm going off just before dismissal were launched into a panic when gunfire punctuated the din.
As teachers and students fled hallways and hid under desks, a former student who teachers and parents say was known to be dangerous came onto campus and unloaded, leaving a trail of bodies and stunned confusion in his wake.
Florida School Shooting 17 Dead: Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19, has been taken into police custody. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is reporting 17 dead and is still working to clear all the buildings at the massive school, home to about 3,200 students.
Authorities have yet to name a motive for the shooting, which they say doesn’t immediately appear to have been prompted by any confrontation.
“It’s a day that you pray every day when you get up that you will never have to see. It is in front of us. I ask the community for prayers and their support for the children and their families,” Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, appearing at a media staging area near the school, told WSVN-TV. “We received no warning … Potentially there could have been signs out there. But we didn’t have any warning or phone calls or threats that were made.”
Florida School Shooting 17 Dead: The shooter, a former student identified by law enforcement sources as Cruz, managed to make it off campus before he was cornered and taken into custody near the community entrance of Pelican Pointe at Wyndham Lakes in Coral Springs. He was transported to North Broward Medical Center and then was sped away from the hospital in a police escort.
More than a dozen victims were taken to the same hospital, as well as Broward Medical Center.