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17 Killed in Florida School Shooting, Suspect in Custody

February 14, 2018  | 

The former student suspected of killing multiple people at a Broward County high school is taken into custody Wednesday. He reportedly escaped the campus by posing as one of his intended victims. (Photo: ABC News screen shot)
The former student suspected of killing multiple people at a Broward County high school is taken into custody Wednesday. He reportedly escaped the campus by posing as one of his intended victims. (Photo: ABC News screen shot)

Broward County (FL) Sheriff Scott Israel says 17 people were shot to death Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. A former student is in custody.

Law enforcement from numerous local agencies and from federal agencies responded to the scene. Tactical teams arrived in several armored rescue vehicles and cleared the school.

A federal official identified the suspect as Nicolas Cruz, according to the Associated Press. A former student, he was taken into custody off campus without incident, said Sheriff Israel. The suspect was both inside and outside the school building in the course of the shootings, authorities say.

The suspect slipped out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, two law enforcement sources and an eyewitness told ABC News.

There are reports the suspect was on a watch list.

“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said math teacher Jim Gard, who told the Miami Herald Cruz had been in his class last year. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

There are 3,208 students in grades 9-12 enrolled at the school, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Comments (4)

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Leonard Mather @ 2/15/2018 1:02 PM

Speaking as a former Psychology Professor (now retired) who taught Forensic Psychology, the type of disorder that was displayed by the Perp,Nicolas Cruz had been observed by the school personnel and properly acted upon as per his expulsion. Further investigation will probably reveal more details above and beyond simple Oppositional Disorder. After the weapon is properly traced for ownership, more insidious machinations will come forth if they are indicated. Rest assured, until then, lock-step thinking and "Answers-in-a-can" will find linear thinkers blaming the gun and demanding gun control.

Leonard Mather @ 2/15/2018 1:07 PM

I had replied some minutes prior and came back to see of others had replied, as I had. Thus far, I see nothing posted; I was hoping to see interactions.

Jon Retired LEO @ 2/15/2018 5:13 PM

There needs to be discreetly armed people inside every school trained and ready to respond for any such possibility. Any entrance doors need to be bullet proof glass and steel locked doors. Anyone coming in with a duffle bag or similar item at odd times can be stopped. I believe that Isreal has this model and they have had minimal problems.

Trigger @ 2/20/2018 9:35 AM

Jon I agree, unfortunately the media and some school officials and parents would not agree with the "discreet" armed people they would want know who. Many years ago I was a substitute teacher on my pass days, my agency required that we be armed at all times. I had school officials question me if I was armed (I was), but I asked them if they could see any firearm, they said no, end of discussion.
Leonard you are correct it has already begun. It troubles me when politicians grand stand demanding gun control but they have nothing to suggest. I see that a group of students are going to protest/rally on demanding gun control, again no suggestions just a lot of noise.

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