UPDATED: 2/14/2018 @ 8:16pm EST
Sheer horror as scenes from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been flooding TV sets across the nation with news that this High School of around 3,000 students has become the setting of another mass school shooting.
Obviously, we are still in the early stages of this tragedy but the facts as we have them are as follows. At around 2:40 EST, just as students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas were being let out of school for the day reports indicate that a young male student began a rampage that left over 20 injured. Including, according to the Broward County School’s Superintendent, Robert Runcie “Numerous Fatalities” have occurred on the scene.
Reports from Eyewitnesses say that the shooter targeted a building separate from the main campus that housed freshmen of the high school. That same eyewitnesses stated that a Geography teacher who was telling students to run from the gunfire was shot. His condition and identity have not been confirmed.
Earlier in the day there had been a fire drill. According to investigators the fire alarm sounded again at the end of the school day driving students out the door toward the waiting gunman. Its unclear if the suspect trigger the fire alarm or was involved in that part of the tragedy.
Roughly an hour after the shooting first occurred, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced that the shooter had been detained. The suspect is 19 year-old Nikolas Cruz whose first name appears as Nicolas in some school records.. But it was announced that the shooter was a former student of the school who had been expelled and flagged as a danger due to “an angry disposition” and that he is a young male. This is according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
Numerous reports indicate that the shooter was known to many students and had a history of anger issues. Students report that he often made jokes about gun violence and was banned from the campus and prior to the ban was not allowed on campus with a backpack.
The President took to Twitter as well, voicing his support for the victims.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
This story is in the process of evolving so numbers and figures may be changing but as of the time of this edit, Broward County Sheriff’s Office officials stated that there were at least 17 victims.
Here is a rather interesting statement from Joe Melita, former head of Professional Standards and Special Investigative Unit at Broward County Public Schools. In referring to the district-wide plans, including single point of entry and driver license scans for visitors:
“The plan is not always full-proof,” said Melita. “If someone wants to get in, they’re going to get in. You just have to make it as hard as possible for them.”
ConcealedCarry.com also sends our deepest sympathies to every single person affected by another senseless tragedy.
We will continue to update this story as more information comes to our attention. Make sure to stay tuned for further updates.