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Death Toll In Florida High School Massacre Rises To 17 After 19-Year-Old Opens Fire, Says Sheriff

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Death Toll In Florida High School Massacre Rises To 17 After 19-Year-Old Opens Fire, Says Sheriff




At least 17 people are dead after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, law enforcement officials confirmed.

“I’m saddened to say that 17 people lost their lives,” Broward Country Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed, according to a tweet from his office.

The suspect, a 19-year-old former student identified as Nicolas Cruz, was taken into custody “after he committed this horrific, homicidal, detestable act,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

At least 14 victims have been taken to area hospitals following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.




Law enforcement detains the 19-year-old suspect in Wednesday’s school shooting. (WSVN-TV)

Law enforcement responded to reports of a shooting at the school shortly before 3 p.m., reports CNN.

Stoneman Douglas High School had an enrollment of about 3,100 students in the 2015-16 year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

There have been 18 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group.




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