Florida school shooting leaves 17 dead

Florida school shooting leaves 17 dead

When a SWAT team arrived to rescue them, she said, an officer requested they close their eyes as they passed by the classroom.

Lewis says the family - who he declined to identify - has been cooperating with law enforcement, who have been searching their home. Many of them texted their parents to let them know they were OK. But it may be impossible to keep students 100 percent safe.

"There were problems with him past year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus", he told the Miami Herald.

Television footage showed the terrifying moments outside the school. According to a law enforcement source, the suspect initially mixed in with the crowd of students to try to get away, but it didn't work.

The gunman was expelled from the school for "disciplinary reasons", but Israel didn't elaborate.

Cruz was captured in a quiet neighborhood about two miles from the school. He also said the family's own son, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was at the school when the shooting happened and is shaken up by it.

He spent his entire career at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, as a player and as a coach.

The assailant wore a gas mask as he stalked into the school carrying a rifle, ammunition cartridges and smoke grenades, then pulled a fire alarm, prompting students and staff to pour from classrooms into hallways, according to Florida's two US senators, who were brief by federal authorities. The 19-year-old was charged Thursday morning.

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"At times he had so much anger and pain inside of him", Gold said.

Kathie Blaine, a cousin of Cruz's mother, said he was adopted and she had never met him.

Alex Azar also said he remembered Cruz.

Grief counselors are being made available to students and staff after a mass shooting at their Florida high school killed 17 people and left 14 others hospitalized with wounds and injuries. Jim Gard, a math teacher who said Cruz had been in his class previous year, said he believes the school had sent out an email warning teachers that Cruz shouldn't be allowed on campus with a backpack. "I had engineering with him a couple years ago and he wasn't allowed to come to school with a backpack and he would threaten students and break glass and get into fights so he got kicked out of school".

Israel said authorities were scouring through anything that would lead them to a motive in the tragedy, including a website and social media pages.

"We didn't have any warnings, there weren't any phone calls or threats that we know of, that were made", Robert Runcie, Broward superintendent of schools, told reporters.

"It's a horrific situation".

"This has been a day where we've seen the worst of humanity".

He said every high school in the county has a police presence, adding there are typically two officers at every school.

"If somebody really wanted to get into school with malicious intent, they could've no matter what". Some of the injured were treated on sidewalks and loaded into ambulances.

A dozen of the 17 victims died inside the school, while two more perished later at an area hospital.

"We saw a bunch of teachers running down the stairway, and then everybody shifted and broke into a sprint", Parness said.

One survivor, Kyle Yeoward, 16, a junior, told Reuters he and about 15 fellow students and a teacher hid in a closet for almost two hours before police arrived. In an instant, a police auto pulled up, and officers jumped out with guns drawn.

Officials are expected to give more information, including the possible release of those victims' names, at a 10:30 a.m. ET press conference.

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