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(Florida) A disgruntled former student killed 17 people when he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day.
Around 2:40 p.m., 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida wearing a gas mask and carrying an AR-15 and several magazines of ammunition. He then methodically killed as many as 17 students and injuring over 50. He has since been captured by law enforcement as this shell-shocked community attempts to move forward.
It is the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.
Fourteen others were wounded, five of whom had life-threatening injuries Wednesday night, hospital officials said. Authorities said the suspect, identified as Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the fleeing crowd and was arrested in nearby Coral Springs. He was treated for “labored breathing” as a precaution but was released from the hospital, they said.
The suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19, was quickly arrested after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Cruz had made “disturbing” posts on social media before the attack, Israel said.
Cruz was armed with at least one AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and “countless magazines,” said Israel, who did not suggest a possible motive. Officials think he acted alone.
“This has been a day we’ve seen the worst of humanity,” said Broward County Public Schools Supt. Robert Runcie.
He was shown wearing a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School JROTC shirt complete with the school’s eagle mascot. Cruz was a former student of the school but was reportedly asked to leave late last spring after threatening students.
WSVN reporter Franklin White confirmed that the photo was taken by a member of the police force. It was not released by any official source, so it is not sure who exactly took the photo.
After the arrest, the suspect was taken to the hospital for minor injuries before being taken to the Broward County sheriff’s office.