Florida High School Shooting Leaves 17 People Dead

Florida High School Shooting Leaves 17 People Dead

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On Wednesday afternoon, in Parkland, Florida, a shooter opened fire at a high school with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, leaving 17 people dead. Students could hear the fire alarm, which was activated by the shooter, followed by several gun shots. The shooter has been ID’d as 19 year old, Nikolas Cruz, an expelled student. He is being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

After talking to students and teachers, media learned that the shooter was obsessed with guns and knives. He was expelled due to disciplinary issues.

According to the New York Times, “people who knew Mr. Cruz described him as a “troubled kid” who enjoyed showing off his firearms, bragging about killing animals and whose mother would resort to calling the police to have them come to their home to try to talk some sense into him.”

FBI was warned about him months ago, when he commented on a youtube page saying he would be a “professional school shooter.” Sources told CNN, another threat was also received about the shooter, prior to the shooting.

Cruz, 19, will make a court appearance Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Broward County courthouse. The gun used in the shooting was purchased by Cruz legally after passing the background check.

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