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Florida school shooting: What we know about the alleged teenage gunman

Florida school shooting: What we know about the alleged teenage gunman

He added that police in tactical gear were still searching the school for victims. The shooting in Parkland is the 18th school shooting in the US this year.

Jim Gard, a math teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said Cruz had been aggressive towards students in the past.

Ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating possibly wounded people on the sidewalks.

The Associated Press is reporting 17 dead.

In a tweet, President Trump said, "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting". Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie said there were "numerous" fatalities but did not confirm the number. He called it a "horrific situation".

"Just a awful day for us", Runcie said, adding that the incident appeared to be over.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting.

The male shooter was identified as Nicolas Cruz, 19, said a U.S. official briefed on the investigation.

Authorities are investigating whether the gunman deliberately set the fire alarm off to bring students out into the hallways or whether a student set it off to raise the alarm.




A former classmate, Jillian Davis, said Cruz had a hot temper and a history of making dark, gun-related jokes. "He was a little bit of a troubled kid".

The suspected shooter, identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, is in custody.

Israel said police were waiting for the SWAT team to give them the all-clear so that they could go inside.

Broward County Mayor Beam Furr said during an interview with CNN that the shooter was getting treatment at a mental health clinic for a while, but that he hadn't been back to the clinic for more than a year.

Student Noah Damiani, who left school early, told Glor his sister texted him while she was barricaded inside of the media center. "We were told past year that he wasn't allowed on campus with a backpack on him", math teacher Jim Gard said.

"I had to jump the fence". After the officers entered the building, dozens of students quickly exited the facility as a police officer waved them on.

Some students exited the building in single-file rows with hands raised overhead to show they carried no weapons.

Police officers in helmets, bulletproof vests and armed with automatic weapons could be seen stationed at several points around the sprawling school complex, which houses almost 3,000 students.

The high school located in southeast Florida about 25 miles north of Fort Lauderdale.


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