Nikolas Cruz kills 17 at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – Photos
A gunman who opened fire at Florida high school has reportedly killed 17 people. The gunman who has been identified as Nikolas Cruz was an ex student of the same school who was shown the door due to indiscipline.
Authorities claim that the former student who was suspended from the same school on disciplinary grounds used a semiautomatic rifle to gun down seventeen students and leave many others injured. A large number of the students who naturally got panicked fled the scene creating chaos all around. The incident happened at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The gunman, who has been identified as Nikolas Cruz was well prepared for the massacre. Officials claim that the shooter came with enough ammunition and was equipped with a gas mask and smoke grenades.
He also new everything about school and had made elaborate planning. This is the reason that he first set off a fire alarm to draw students out of classrooms shortly before the day ended. Right now authorities don’t know the exact motive of the 19-year old shooter. Authorities have confirmed that the shooter offered no immediate details on the 19-year-old suspect or any possible motive, had been expelled for disciplinary reasons from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which has about 3,000 students. This is among the largest public schools in Florida.
While talking about the massacre of the student at the school, Robert Runcie, superintendent of the school district in Parkland said, “It is a horrific situation…It is a horrible day for us.”
Authorities have confirmed that the gunman has been arrested. He was taken into custody almost an hour later in a residential neighborhood about a mile away. Police claim that the youth possessed multiple magazines of ammunition.
“It’s catastrophic. There really are no words,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters. Sen. Bill Nelson was quoted by the CNN as saying that the attacker used the fire alarm “so the kids would come pouring out of the classrooms into the hall…And there the carnage began”. The Senator was reportedly briefed by the FBI.