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Florida Shooting – Maniac Ex-pupil Kills 17 And Injures Dozens More After Opening Fire With Assault Rifle At Florida High School



AN expelled student wearing a “gas mask” went on a rampage at his former school with a semi-automatic rifle and killed at least 17 people while injuring dozens more.


Nikolas Cruz, 19, reportedly pulled the fire alarm and opened fire at students as they evacuated Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day.

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

Harrowing footage shared on social media shows terrified pupils fleeing the building while others crouch in fear under their desks.

Authorities say most of the fatalities were inside the building though some were found fatally shot outside after Cruz, who was expelled from the school, went on a rampage shortly after 2pm (7pm GMT).

Police confirmed 14 people have been taken to hospital with “varying degrees of wounds”, however earlier reports suggested up to 50 had been injured.

Officers in tactical gear are continuing to search Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland for further casualties.

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

Sheriff Scott Israel added: “This is a terrible day for Parkland. My very own triplets went to that school.”

What we know so far…

At least 17 people have been killed after a gunman wearing a “gas mask” opened fire on students at a school in Florida shortly after 2pm on Valentine’s Day A federal official identified the suspect as Nicolas Cruz, reported to be a 19-year-old former pupil of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland The teenage shooter “surrendered quietly” and was arrested “without incident” off campus in the nearby town of Coral Springs before being taken into custody Police say 14 people were taken to hospital with various injuries while officers in tactical gear are continuing to search the school for more casualties The shooting broke out at around 2pm (7pm GMT) as footage on social media showed terrified students fleeing classrooms and crouching underneath desks Police escort Nicolas Cruz, suspect of the Parkland high school shooting, into custody dressed in a hospital gown

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Terrified students are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting

AP:Associated Press Devastated families waited to hear news about their loved ones

AFP or licensors Heartbroken students sobbed after the former pupil went on a rampage at the school in Florida

AP:Associated Press People were seen comforting each other after multiple people were killed in the shooting Superintendent at Marjory Stonemason Douglas high school says there are numerous fatalities after Florida shooting

Police said the shooter “surrendered quietly” and was arrested “without incident” off campus in the nearby town of Coral Springs before being taken into custody.

The FBI is now assisting with the investigation after Florida Senator Bill Nelson confirmed there were “multiple fatalities” when shots were fired at around 2pm (7pm GMT).

Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky told CNN she had spoken to a number of students after the shooting.

She said: “They were very scared. And almost in shock when they came out.”

Asked about security, she said a police officer is always stationed at the school and there was a “single point of entry.”

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 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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Mexican Oil Shake-up Likely If Frontrunner Wins Presidency Top Adviser




MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s presidential frontrunner is not opposed to foreign investment in the country’s oil, a top adviser said, but his government would make dramatic changes to energy strategy, including a new focus on refining rather than crude exports.

In perhaps the most significant change envisioned by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the favorite to win the July 1 election, Mexico would seek to end decades of exporting crude in three years, a lawmaker who Lopez Obrador has tapped to be his future energy minister said in an interview.

Instead, Mexico should turn its focus to producing value-added fuels, processing crude domestically to produce more gasoline and diesel at refineries owned by state oil company Pemex, Rocio Nahle told Reuters late on Wednesday.

Reporting by David Alire Garcia,

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Haiti Suspends Oxfam Gbs Operating Right Amid Misconduct Probe




PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti has temporarily revoked Oxfam Great Britain’s right to operate in the Caribbean country after allegations of sexual misconduct by some of the charity’s staff there, Planning and External Cooperation Minister Aviol Fleurant said on Thursday.

The British aid organization has been rocked by allegations that staff, including a former Haiti country director, used prostitutes during a relief mission after a devastating earthquake hit the island nation in 2010.

Fleurant said the suspension was ordered due to “serious failings” by Oxfam Great Britain between 2010 and 2011, and that a definitive decision on its ability to operate in Haiti would be made in two months following a review of the evidence.

“If during the two month-long investigation I find out there is a link between the aid funds that Oxfam received on behalf of Haiti and the crime that has been committed, we will … declare Oxfam Great Britain persona non grata and they would have to leave the country without further delay,” Fleurant said.

Haiti’s Minister of Planning and External Cooperation Aviol Fleurant shows a document after a meeting with Oxfam International Regional Director for Latin America, Simon Ticehurst, and Oxfam Intermon Executive Affiliate Unit head, Margalida Massot, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Martinez CasaresAlain Lemithe, a lawyer representing Oxfam Great Britain, called the decision to suspend the charity “hasty and political”, saying that it was not based on clear evidence of wrongdoing.

“For example, they accused the organization of sexual abuse and use of minors,” Lemithe said. “Those are very serious allegations which until now have never been proven.”

Slideshow (3 Images)In a separate statement, Fleurant accused Oxfam staff of committing acts of “sexual abuse” and exploitation.

The minister said Oxfam Great Britain had “deliberately omitted” to alert Haitian authorities about the alleged misconduct, thereby allowing perpetrators to escape justice.

Allegations of misconduct surfaced through media investigations and an internal Oxfam report. Fleurant said the revelations had besmirched the “honor and dignity” of Haiti’s people.

The suspension of the charity’s right to operate did not apply to Oxfam Canada, he said.

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Brit Newlywed Jon Udall Dies 12 Days After Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash That Killed Three Other Brits And Left His Bride ‘critical’




A NEWLYWED has become the fourth Brit to die in a horrifying Grand Canyon helicopter crash.

Jon Udall has died 12 days after the shocking accident – his new wife, Ellie Milward, is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Jon Udall and his wife Ellie – the pair were on their honeymoon in America

The pair were on their honeymoon in Las Vegas when they took the helicopter tour.

Pictures of the happy couple celebrating their marriage just months before emerged in the days that followed.

Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillon Airways EC-130 when it crashed into the Arizona landmark.

A family friend wrote a heartbroken post confirming Jon’s death on a Just Giving page set up to help pay for their medical costs after the accident.

Jon had been in hospital for 12 days but died from his injuries

Jon and Ellie on their wedding day just months before the horrifying crash

AP:Associated Press A survivor was pitched miraculously walking away from the burning helicopter

He said: “It is with a very heavy heart that I must type this. Our Good friend Jon Udall has succumbed to his injuries.

“He was strong, brave and I will never forget him. I will update this page when possible.

“Ellie is critical and is continuing to fight.”

Stuart Hill, celebrating his 30th birthday, his girlfriend Becky Dobson, 27, and his brother Jason, 32, were killed.

Caters They were in America as part of their honeymoon after having got married months before

He had got married just months before the accident Three British tourists killed in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon have been named by US police

Pals Jennifer Barham, 39, and honeymooning couple Ellie, 29, and Jon, 32, were fighting for their lives in hospital last night – tragically Jon has since died.

Witnesses described scenes of chaos after spotting the sight-seeing aircraft engulfed in flames approximately 600ft inside the ravine.

Jon was trapped in the wreckage for eight hours before being rescued after Ellie staggered free.

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