BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The Florida authorities reported that 17 people were killing and at least a dozen injured after a gunman opened fire in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus. Following the incident, a 19-year-old ex-student was taken into custody without opposition. Authorities believe this to be the second bloodiest shooting on the school campus.
Florida High School Shooting Carried Out with High-Caliber Assault Rifle
On Wednesday, the Parkland and Miami authorities were summoned to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a caller said that a heavily-armed individual opened fire on the school campus. After a lengthy standoff, the police officer aided by SWAT units took a 19-year-old individual into custody.
Later identified as Nikolas Cruz, the lone gunman is a former high school student who was allegedly expelled last year on unknown disciplinary grounds. Cruz, who was also part of the high school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, was described by his classmates and JROTC members as being ‘an outcast’ and being obsessed with guns and knives.
According to the investigators, on the day of the assault, Cruz, armed with an AR-15, several magazines and donning a gas mask, was hiding on campus, waiting for the students to finish classes. At one point, Cruz triggered the fire alarm, prompting the students to evacuate the building.
As soon as he hit the fire alarm, Cruz waited for the students and teachers in a narrow corridor and opened fire without uttering a word. Following the shooting, 17 students and faculty members were killed, twelve inside the school, another two just outside the school, another in the street, and two more later passed away at the hospital due to their injuries. Thirteen other people were wounded in the shooting, out of which five were listed in critical condition.
According to the authorities, the author of the Florida High School shooting was taken into custody with any incident.
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