A former student is in custody after at least 17 people were killed at a high school in Parkland, Fl., in an affluent area of Broward County.
At least 17 people were shot to death and several others wounded Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in a horrific episode of school violence that ended with the arrest of a former student, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Panicked parents streamed to the school in an affluent part of Broward County, as news helicopters broadcast the incident live and students congregated on streets, many crying, hugging and calling friends and family on their phones. “Oh, my God,” a man could be heard yelling, in a grainy Snapchat video from the school, as the pop-pop, pop-pop of four gunshots range out and students screamed.
The gunman was identified as Nicolas Cruz, 19, who had been expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. He was taken into custody off campus without incident, said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel. The suspect was both inside and outside the school building in the course of the shootings, the sheriff said. At around dismissal time at 2:40 p.m., staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire and enacted a “code red” lockdown. “It’s a horrific situation,” Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said. “It’s just a horrible day for us.” The mother of a student said, “Kids were running out full of blood. Kids were falling in the grass.”