What you need to know:
- What happened: Law enforcement responded to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, just before 3 p.m.
- The shooter: The suspect, a former student, was taken into custody, according to local authorities.
- The victims: At least 17 people are confirmed dead
Fire alarm was pulled by shooter to cause havoc and increase death toll.
Investigators believe the Florida shooter pulled one one of the schools fire alarms to draw people out and take more lives according to a law enforcement source.
According to a student, suspect always carried guns: “Everyone predicted it”
According to CNN, A student told CNN affiliate WFOR the shooting suspect often carried guns and even showed him guns.
“Everyone predicted it,” he said. “That’s crazy.”
According to CNN, “The shooting suspect was expelled from high school. Here’s what else we know about him.”
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel identified the school shooting suspect as Nikolas Cruz. Here are the details Israel provided about him:
- He was once a student at Stoneman Douglas High School, but was expelled for disciplinary reasons. (Israel did not provide any specifics about the expulsion.)
- He was born in September 1998 and is 19 years old.
- He had one AR-15 style firearm and multiple magazines.
- He was taken into custody after the shooting.
- Deputies are looking through his social media and the websites he visited. “Some of the things that have come mind are very, very disturbing,” the sheriff said.