Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Student at Florida high school where shooting occurred: 'Everyone predicted this'

Student at Florida high school where shooting occurred: 'Everyone predicted this'

Two of the victims died of their wounds at the hospital. It is why the suspected gunman was taken to the hospital.

Cruz was not taken into custody until almost two hours after the rampage began; he was caught by police miles away from the school. Israel said the suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, used an AR-15 rifle to spray bullets across the school.

The high school located in southeast Florida about 25 miles north of Fort Lauderdale.

SWAT teams were still clearing the school, which is attended by around 3,200 students, more than two hours after the shooting, as parents gathered at a staging area about a mile away from the school, waiting to be reunited with their children.

As frantic parents rushed to the school, video from live television showed first responders treating people on sidewalks. Let us all keep the victims in our hearts. The shooting caused "numerous" fatalities, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said. "It is a horrific situation". "It's just a terrible day for us", said Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie. After the officers entered the building, dozens of students quickly exited the facility as a police officer waved them on.

Nicole Baltzer, 18, said she was in trigonometry class about 10 minutes before the end of the school day when the fire alarm went off.

"She texted saying there was a shooting and they were in code red and she was barricaded in the media center", he said.

A woman consoles another as parents wait for news
A woman consoles another as parents wait for news

Brittani later was able to escape the school.

The daily White House press briefing originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. was canceled due to the incident. "It is in front of us, and I ask the community for your prayers-your support for these children and these families".

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who was traveling to Broward County to be briefed by emergency management officials and law enforcement, has been in touch with Trump and the Department of Homeland Security, his office said.

"It's just complete chaos out there", he said a short distance from the school.

"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", Parness said.

US Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-FL, also sent her condolences.


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