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Florida Shooting – At Least 15 Dead And Dozens Injured As Gunman In ‘gas Mask’ Opens Fire At Parkland High School

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SEVERAL people are feared dead and dozens have been injured after a “gas mask-wearing” gunman stormed a Florida high school and opened fire.

The shooter, named as 19-year-old former student Nicolas Cruz, reportedly pulled the fire alarm and opened fire on students as they evacuated the building.

Police now reportedly have the suspect in custody who has been named locally as 19-year-old former student Nicholas Cruz

AP:Associated Press People hug as they seek comfort in the wake of this dark time

Earlier reports suggested up to 50 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland had been injured, but authorities have now confirmed 14 are wounded.

Police said Cruz “surrendered quietly” and was arrested “without incident” off campus before being taken into custody.

Broward Country Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said: “There are numerous fatalities. It’s a horrific situation.”

Officers in tactical gear are continuing to search the school for victims.

Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell, whose city contracts fire service in Parkland, confirms there were “multiple fatalities” after shots were fired at around 2.20pm.

The Margate Fire Department earlier told CBS Miami there were between 20 and 50 victims but the sheriff has so far confirmed 14 injuries.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson said “this is a bad day,” adding that there are a “number of fatalities”.

“AVOID THE AREA,” the Broward County sheriff’s office said on Twitter, adding that officers were working on a “developing incident regarding a report of active shooter.”

Florida school shooting witnesses describe what they saw as the tragedy unfolded

Reuters While being loaded in the car by police the suspect seemed to stumble

Reuters He was later loaded into an ambulance that received a police escort

Aerial images showed students walking with their hands up

AP:Associated Press Anxious family members wait to receive news of their loved ones

AP:Associated Press A woman fresh from an Ash Wednesday service embraces another with the sign of the cross still on her forehead Students are taken away by armed police in Stoneman Douglas high school following Florida shooting

A tweet apparently showing someone hiding under a desk during the shooting was posted to social media

Another image posted to social media showed a camouflaged man in the road

Police have responded to reports of an active shooter at a Florida high school

AP:Associated Press Students were led out of the school buildings with their hands on one another’s shoulders Multiple gunshots heard alongside screams of horror as students hide in classroom during school shooting in Parkland, Florida

Reuters Emergency services vehicles could be seen in the area following the shooting which left dozens injured

AP:Associated Press A student shows a member of the Sheriff’s department

AP:Associated Press Armed police in flack jackets were on sight

Parents described scenes of chaos as they rushed to find their frightened children.

 

Television images showed students being led out of the school by heavily armed police officers and an armoured vehicle filled with a SWAT team arriving at the scene.

One injured victim was seen being placed into an ambulance on a stretcher.

Police officers in helmets, bulletproof vests and armed with automatic weapons could be seen stationed at several points around the school.

“What happened was that the fire bell rang and we all thought it was a drill because we had already had a fire drill,” an unidentified student told WSVN 7 News.

Parkland police take one person into custody following high school shooting

“We thought it’s another drill so we didn’t take it seriously and then we heard pops from the other side of the school,” the student said.

Police from neighbouring Coral Springs advised teachers and students in the building to “remain barricaded inside until police reach you.”

CBS News cited the sheriff’s office as saying there were multiple people injured.

A television news helicopter report showed multiple people being taken on gurneys into fire rescue ambulances and groups of children walking across Pine Island Road.

There are 3,208 children in grades 9 — 12 enrolled at the school, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Victims of Parkland,Florida shooting are carried out on stretchers from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building

Police from neighbouring Coral Springs advised teachers and students in the building to “remain barricaded inside until police reach you.”

The White House has confirmed that President Trump has been “made aware” of the incident.

CBS4 Miami is reporting that it is being treated as a “mass casualty” incident and the FBI is responding.

Samuel Dykes, a freshman, was on the third floor of the school when he said he heard gunshots, and saw several bodies in a classroom.

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Donald Trump Blames Fbi For Florida School Shooting Claiming Agency ‘spent Too Much Time Trying To Prove Russian Collusion’

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DONALD Trump has blamed the FBI for the Florida school shooting claiming the agency “spent too much time trying to prove Russian collusion”.

The President lashed out at law enforcers saying they “missed all of the many signals” sent by Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 people in the Valentine’s Day massacre.

Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI on Twitter claiming the agency missed the ‘many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter’

Writing on Twitter, he said: “This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion.

“Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”

The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack.

But the agency admitted that it failed to investigate.

Donald Trump and wife Melania thank hospital staff treating Florida school shooting victims

AFP or licensors Donald Trump and his wife Melania visited the hospital where victims of the Florida shooting are being treated

AFP or licensors Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko, trauma surgeon at Broward Health North Hospital in the wake of the shooting

It prompted a sharp rebuke from its boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a call from Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that Florida’s Department of Children and Families investigated Cruz in 2016 after calls to a hotline reporting self-harm abuse posts on his social media.

The investigation concluded that he was receiving adequate care from a mental health counsellor and was attending school.

At school, Cruz routinely fought with teachers, was accused of swearing at staff and was referred for a “threat assessment” in January 2017, according to the New York Times.

Splash News Nikolas Cruz was questioned by police before being charged with 17 counts of murder after the terrifying attack Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz arrives at Broward County jail after 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

 

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Four-year-old Boy Fights For Life After Plunging From Window In Hallway Of Block Of Flats

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A FOUR-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital after falling from a flat window.

Police confirmed the child is in a “stable but critical condition” after the fall, which happened at around 5.10pm yesterday.

The incident happened on Invercauld Road, Aberdeen

He was initially taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary before he was transferred to a Glasgow hospital.

Community Policing Team Inspector Simon Reid said: “Police and the Scottish Ambulance Service attended Invercauld Road after reports were received that a four-year-old boy had been injured after he fell from the window of a communal hallway within a residential block of flats.

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Mum Shot Her Husband And Two Grown-up Kids Dead Before Turning Gun On Herself, Say Cops

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A WOMAN shot and killed her husband and grown-up kids before turning the gun on herself in a murder-suicide, police have said.

Lauren Stuart, 45, was found dead beside the bodies of Daniel Stuart and their children Steven, 27, and Bethany, 24, at their home in Detroit, Michigan, on Friday.

WXYZ The Stuart family home in Detroit, Michigan, surrounded by police cars after a suspected murder-suicide

Investigators said Mr Stuart, 47, and his kids had died of gunshot wounds to the head, ruling their deaths as homicide, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Keith Batchelor, an investigator at the medical examiner’s office, ruled Mrs Stuart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and determined her cause of death was suicide.

Keego Harbor police said in a statement: “The investigation at the scene and subsequent autopsy …indicate that Lauren Stuart shot and killed her family members before turning the gun on herself.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims.”

WXYZ Officers believe Lauren Stuart murdered her husband and two children before turning the gun on herself

Police were called to the property by a relative concerned over the family’s safety.

Officers discovered the horror scene inside and recovered a handgun.

Neighbours said Mrs Stuart worked at a gym and described her as “hardworking”.

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