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17 Dead After Florida High School Shooting

by Erik Butzen
Posted on Mar 02, 2018

Nearly five months after the Las Vegas massacre, a 19-year-old man barged into a Parkland,Fl high school and opened fire. 17 people were killed, 14 of which were students.

The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and began to fire on students after pulling the fire alarm. Cruz was a former student at the school and was expelled last year.

"Everyone was kind of just standing there calm, and then we saw a bunch of teachers running down the stairway, and then everybody shifted and broke into a sprint,” Stoneman Douglas student Noah Parness said. “I hopped a fence.”

Cruz had his issues in the past, according to his former classmates. He allegedly battled anger management issues and often talked about gun violence and killing animals.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal stated that Cruz’s social media presence was “very, very disturbing.” Cruz uploaded comments such as, "I am going to kill law enforcement one day they go after the good people,” and “I want to shoot people with my AR-15.” Cruz was also seen posting pictures of a shotgun and BB guns. Derogatory statements towards black, Hispanic, and gay people were also found on his social media pages.

The shooter first entered the freshmen building of the high school and vigorously opened fire with his AR-15, which he had legally purchased the previous year.  

Among the dead was Peter Wang, a 15-year-old who was a member of the school’s JROTC program. Wang helped fellow students escape the shooter by staying back to hold open doors so they could flee the scene faster. He was buried in his JROTC Blues uniform and received the ROTC Medal of Heroism by the United States Army. Wang was also posthumously accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Following the shooting, Cruz dumped his AR-15, and proceeded to blend in with escaping students. The Coral Springs Police apprehended Cruz two miles away from the school.

Cruz’s foster parents, Kimberly and James Snead, were unaware of his malicious behavior.

“We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know,” Kimberly Snead said. “We didn’t see this side of him.”

Cruz was taken in by the Sneads after his birth mother died of pneumonia.

He had issues with schooling in his past, being kicked out of two different private schools, as well as being held back twice.

Cruz was charged with 17 accounts of premeditated murder and could face the death penalty, which is legal in Florida.


Photo credit to Fox News

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