FLORIDA: 17 killed, 15 wounded as expelled student opens fire on high school premises
Tragedy struck at a local high school in Florida when a 19-year-old student who was expelled from the institution opened fire killing no less than 17 people and injured 14 others who are said to be in critical condition.
According to reports, the suspect identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in southeastern Florida started shooting outside the school using a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle before entering the premises where he continued his shooting spree.
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A student who witnessed the incident said he had to hide in a closet while the school was under rampage by the gunman.
“I was just in disbelief. I was texting my friends and my family,” the student told WPTV-TV, an NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, after being evacuated from the school.
“I didn’t believe it was actually happening,” he said.
The suspect was later overpowered by security operatives and was taken into custody shortly after the shooting incident regarded as one of the deadliest mass shootings in US modern history.
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