Parkland-Florida School Shooting Death Toll; Shooter Identified as Nikolas Cruz

The news continues to come out of Parkland, Florida, where a deadly high school shooting occurred on February 14, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been identified as the suspect. There are now a reported 17 dead by his hand at his former high school. 

The details continue to come out about the Florida school shooting that occurred February 14, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, allegedly opened fire at the school using a semiautomatic rifle on Wednesday afternoon.

Seventeen people have been confirmed as dead in the school shooting. The families have been notified.

At least 14 people were wounded. Five are suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Who Is the Florida School Shooter?

Cruz, age 19, is the suspect in this latest school shooting. He is reported to be a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Cruz allegedly pulled the fire alarm, which sent people outside, giving him an easy target.

Officials said he would shoot at people outside and then chase others who were running back into the school for shelter.

Eventually, he went inside the school, looking for people taking shelter in classrooms.

Since he was a former student at the school he was well aware of the floor plan of the school.

It is believed that Cruz was using an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Cruz allegedly tried to hide within the crowds, in order to run away from authorities. However, he was caught shortly later.

Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He is expected to be in court on Thursday.

Were There Warning Signs?

The school was allegedly warned about Cruz and his mental state.

He was recently expelled from school for an undisclosed reason, and was attending another school nearby.

Cruz took photos with guns and posted them on social media web sites. A YouTube user named “Nikolas Cruz,” posted a video stating, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” Apparently the FBI knew about this before the shooting occurred.

Brandon Minoff, a former classmate of Nikolas Cruz, said that he was not surprised when he heard that the suspect was Cruz. He added, “I got paired with him for a project, and he started talking to me about his life—how he was held back twice, expelled from two private schools. He likes to do reckless stuff.”Parkland, Florida High School Shooting Victims

A Country in Mourning…and Fear

The shooting is being called one of the 10 deadliest in mass shooting in modern history.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will remain closed for the rest of the week, to give the students, teachers and other school staff, and parents time to cope with the events of the shooting.

President Donald Trump expressed his heart-felt thoughts on Twitter:

With this being the fourth high school shooting in 2018 at a high school, it’s sure to reignite the debate of gun control in America.

Parkland, Florida High School Shooting Victims 

The names of the victims have not been officially released, but they include both adults and children.

However, according to Denise Lehtio, spokesperson for the school, football coach Aaron Feis was one of the victims. He is said to have used his body as a shield to protect students from the bullets.

Feis was rushed into emergency surgery, but he did not survive.

Lehtio was quoted as saying, “He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero.”