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Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – A 19-year-old gunman opened fireplace on Wednesday at a Florida high school he had beforehand been expelled from, killing 17 individuals earlier than he was arrested by police, authorities stated.

The violence erupted shortly earlier than dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami. Live tv footage confirmed college students streaming out of the constructing as dozens of police and emergency providers personnel swarmed the realm.

The gunman was recognized as Nikolas Cruz, who beforehand attended the school and was expelled for unspecified disciplinary causes, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel stated at a information briefing hours later.

“It’s a horrific situation,” Broward Country Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie instructed reporters individually.

A person positioned in handcuffs is led by police close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following a shooting incident in Parkland, Florida, February 14, 2018 in a nonetheless picture from video. WSVN.com through REUTERS

The gunman surrendered to police and not using a battle, Israel stated.

“It’s catastrophic,” he stated. “There really are no words.”

Twelve of the useless have been killed contained in the school constructing, two others simply outdoors, yet another on the road and two different victims died of their accidents at a hospital, Israel stated. He stated the victims comprised a combination of scholars and adults.

It was the 18th shooting in a U.S. school up to now this yr, based on gun management group Everytown for Gun Safety. That tally contains suicides and incidents when nobody was injured, in addition to the January incident when a 15-year-old gunman killed two college students at a Benton, Kentucky, high school.

More than 5 years have handed since a gunman killed 20 first graders and 6 educators in Newtown, Connecticut, stirring the lengthy U.S. debate about gun rights, that are protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Additional reporting by Steve Gorman, Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Letitia Stein in Detroit and Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Tom Brown

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