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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida: what we know

Vox.com logo Vox.com 2/15/2018 German Lopez

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At least 17 people are dead. The 19-year-old suspect is in custody.

A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has left at least 17 people dead and multiple people injured. Students and adults are among the victims, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

A 19-year-old male suspect, Nikolas Cruz, is now in custody. Officials identified him as a former student at the high school.

“That should not happen in Parkland, it should not happen anywhere in this country,” Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie said Wednesday night. “We have got to find a way for this to stop.”

The story is still developing, and the investigation is in its very early stages. Details, including the final casualty count, could change with more information. Here’s what we know — and don’t.

What we know

  • At least 17 people were killed in the school shooting. At least 15 others were hospitalized, with five individuals sustaining life-threatening injuries. Teenagers and adults are among the victims, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
  • At least 12 people were killed inside the school building. Two others were killed outside, and another person was fatally shot on a street corner when the suspect fled the scene. At least two died at the hospital, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a press conference Wednesday.
  • The sheriff said the 12 victims killed inside the school have been identified, but law enforcement is not yet releasing their names. A football coach was killed, and the son of a sheriff’s deputy suffered a non-life-threatening injury after he was shot in the arm, according to Israel.
  • Around 2:30 pm, just before class dismissal, the fire alarm went off, and shooting began. A law enforcement official told told CBS News it was believed the suspect pulled the fire alarm before the shooting rampage.
  • The lone suspect is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody off school property about an hour after the shooting, and was initially transported to a nearby hospital. He has since been transferred to the sheriff’s headquarters, reports to CBS News.
  • Cruz is a former Stoneman Douglas High School student who had been expelled for disciplinary issues, the sheriff said, though he did not say when or why. Cruz is currently enrolled in Broward County public schools, Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.
  • Sheriff Israel said Cruz was armed with an AR-15 rifle and “countless magazines.”
  • Investigators have begun to scour Cruz’s social media activities and so far have found “very, very disturbing” materials, the sheriff said.
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has around 3,000 students. It’s located in Parkland, Florida, north of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Classes are canceled at the school for the remainder of the week.
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  • President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting. He tweeted his “prayers and condolences.”

What we don’t know

  • The shooter’s motive
  • The final casualty count
  • The victims’ identities

For more on America’s gun problem, read Vox’s explainer.

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