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People Sick Of 'Thoughts And Prayers' Demand Action After Florida School Shooting

People Sick Of 'Thoughts And Prayers' Demand Action After Florida School Shooting

At least 17 people were killed and scores injured in a shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School in the southeasternmost USA state of Florida.

Melissa Falkowski, a language arts teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., says she hid 19 of her students in a closet during the shooting.

The incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida began around 2:30 p.m. ET.

"I don't know why he left", Sheriff Israel told reporters, saying the shooter was outside and inside the school at points during the attack.

The sheriff identified the shooter as Nikolas Cruz.

Victoria Olvera, a junior at the school, said Cruz was expelled last school year because he got into a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.

As Cruz opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, Coach Feis, according to students, jumped in front of the bullets.

Student Daniel Huerfano told The Associated Press he remembers seeing Cruz walking around the school with his lunch bag, adding, "He was that weird kid that you see ... like a loner".

Two other people died later under medical treatment.

About a month earlier, another gunman killed at least 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school", he added. He was enrolled in a different high school, local reports said. "We are monitoring the situation".

Stoneman Douglas High School has more than 3,000 students in grades 9-12.

Video of the shooting was shared on social media, showing students hiding as multiple gunshots were heard.

According to Fox News' Trace Gallagher, the suspects' social media showed that he was "fascinated by guns".

Rosenblatt said that her daughter made the connection after the shooting, when she visited the purported Instagram account of the shooter.

It is said that Cruz threw around smoke grenades into a hallway to set off fire alarms, so the pupils would rush out of their classrooms.

President Donald Trump tweeted shortly after the shooting, "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting".