Breaking: ‘Many’ Students Slaughtered In Florida High School – Here’s The 411

***UPDATE*** 17 have been confirmed dead and approximately 50 injured.

Multiple homicides are the last thing anyone would have expected at high school. Especially on Valentines Day.

Details are still coming in, but here is what we have so far.

In Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, South Florida, the school day was punctuated by gunshots and a fire alarm.

Posted by Zain Sajid on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The shooting began about 2:30. And by 3:45, the police had captured the attacker.

Jude Lenamon, a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said the fire alarm went off around 2:30 p.m. […]
“Doesn’t that sound like gunshots?” he said he asked his teacher.
Two minutes later, the school was evacuated, Lenamon said. He said they were rushed out and were moved to a nearby Walmart. The school is south of west Hillsboro Boulevard near the Sawgrass Expressway.
Coral Springs police said it is an active shooter situation.
“If you are in touch with your student you ask that they remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room, this is for everyone’s safety,” police tweeted on their official account.
Source: Palm Beach Post

One parent told reporters:

“My son called me as it was unfolding, running. He had to jump a fence,” Leffler told NBC News. “My son heard around eight gun shots as he was running out.”
When he reached his daughter, she was whispering, he said.
“My daughter, who was there in the freshman hall where the shooting took place — she’s in shock right now and she’s being taken out by SWAT,” Leffler said. “She saw multiple dead bodies.”
Source: NBC News

The shooter was later apprehended and brought to the hospital.

A television news helicopter report showed several people on gurneys being placed into into fire rescue ambulances and groups of children walking across Northwest Pine Island Road. Television news cameras showed a young man with reddish hair wearing a red shirt who was surrounded by SWAT officers and put in handcuffs and being taken into custody.
Source: Sun-Sentinel

Early reports stated that the guy arrested had connected online with at least one bomb-making forum (police were sweeping for bombs) as well as violent groups.

We now have reports of a name from the Miami Herald: Nicolas de Jesus Cruz

We will learn more about him as events unfold, to be sure. But here’s what we know so far:

A teacher at the school told the Miami Herald that Cruz, 19, had been identified as a potential threat to fellow students in the past.
“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said math teacher Jim Gard, who said the former student suspected in the shootings 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.”
Gard says he believes the school administration had sent out an email warning teachers that the student had made threats against other in the past and that he should not be allowed on the campus with a backpack. Another student interviewed on the scene by Channel 7 said the student had guns at home.
Source: Miami Herald

The President is among those who has offered his condolences to all affected.

And naturally, while parents are still desperate to learn about the safety of their children, people have already begun to use the event as a political football.

Can we not wait at least ONE day before we get back to our partisan bickering?

Don’t we owe the families at least that much?

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