It started like this yesterday in Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a public school of some 3,000 students outside Boca Raton.
Very graphic video from CNN to follow
(CNN)A gunman unleashed horror at his former high school in South Florida on Wednesday, authorities said, slaughtering at least 17 unsuspecting students and adults and leaving the country asking why another school massacre has happened yet again.
The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, gunned down victims with a rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland shortly before 3 p.m. after he allegedly activated a fire alarm, sending people outside unaware of what was to come, officials said.
He fired shot after shot outside and then followed others running back inside the building, where people who'd heard the shots were taking shelter, officials said.
There, he roamed the halls he knew so well, allegedly targeting those huddled in classrooms and then blending in with the students and staff evacuating the school. He was arrested in the neighboring community of Coral Springs later in the day, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.
From The Independent:
The IndependentFlorida shooting victim's mother laments another school massacre: 'Something has got to change'
A furious mother whose son survived the Florida school shooting has spoken out, denouncing a country that has "gone bananas".
A gunman opened fire at the high school on Wednesday, killing 17 and leaving more than a dozen injured. A suspect, named by police as Nikolas Cruz, was arrested in the aftermath.
Aerial footage showed familiar scenes of frightened students spilling out of the school with their hands raised in the air to seek refuge. The latest outbreak of gun violence is the 18th shooting in a US school so far this year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
An unnamed mother whose son was trapped in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the small city of Parkland, around 45 miles north of Miami, launched into an angry tirade about the carnage.
'We can't let this go on... no more of our children can die anymore,' she told West Palm Beach News.
“Nothing is going to change. Nothing! Not one thing is going to change because this country has gone bananas!”
“My point is, and this is what everyone needs to hear in America... what is it going to take to make a change in this country?!” she later shouted.
She continued: “If they didn't do it for the four and five year-olds and they're not doing it for our 14 and 15-year-olds. Who are they going to make this change for?!”
Her son, who studies theatre at the school, described being inside the school's theatre room rehearsing at the time the teenagers heard the fire alarm go off for the second time that day.
Recounting what took place after the alarm, he said: “What happened was, four students stepped out, we heard three gunshots, and we all ran inside.
“There are two rooms in the theatre room. I went inside one of them, and five minutes passed and our teacher said she wanted everyone in the back room where we were safe,' he recalled of the moment, nervously.
He added: “An hour passed... there were 70 kids and there was a book keeping room where the SWAT team came and we ran. We just ran… It was scary. It was crazy.”
The suspect has been identified as Mr Cruz, a 19-year-old former who had been expelled for “disciplinary reasons”. Teachers said they had previously been warned he could pose a danger to the campus.
Police say that just as classes of pupils were being sent home for the day Mr Cruz started spraying bullets into the hallway of the school. Authorities said he had an AR-15 rifle and multiple magazines.
So here we are waking up this morning to the updated details of what happened yesterday in Florida, 17 victims, a former student shooter in jail and a million unanswered questions again. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a public school of some 3,000 students outside Lakeland .Douglas High School, a public school of some 3,000 students outside Boca Raton What seemed like just another day turned into a nightmare. The fire alarm went off students following school safety requirements left their classrooms to get out of the buildings (in case it was a fire), were met with gunfire and another massacre began. An ex student expelled in his junior year for disciplinary reasons returns to murder. Students mowed down by this waste of skin shooter, Schools today practice for events like this everyday, in fact they had a similar drill at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, that very morning. In fact the shooter knew the drill all to well since students are part of these drills so he knew what he needed to do to get is intended effect of murder. This is the 18th such school shooting this year, according to ABC News this morning on Good Morning America. More details are coming in about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old identified as the suspect in Wednesday's shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school that killed at least 17 people Although Cruz tried to escape by blending in with other students evacuating the school, he was detained by authorities and arrested.He reportedly had an AR-15-type of semi-automatic rifle and "countless magazines," according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. He was also carrying smoke grenades and a gas mask, according to Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. Nelson said that Cruz set off the fire alarms at the school "so kids would come pouring out of the classrooms into the hall" during the shooting spree. Our kids should go to school and worry about getting good grades and about their futures, not about whether a student in their school is capable of murder.. I wish I had some answers, but those answers will come I hope in the form of real laws the protect our children and all of us for that matter, but to get there is going to have to take swift action from our elected officials and action now. Some of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, have reached out to school officals this morning wanting them to implore our elected officals to do something now, and these students are 100% right.