PARKLAND, FL (RNN) – A former student was arrested Wednesday after the sheriff said he killed 17 people and wounded at least 15 more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, is expected to appear in court Thursday, according to CNN. He was expelled from the school in 2017 for disciplinary reasons.
Cruz allegedly used an AR-15-style weapon to shoot adults and students at the school. He had several magazines on him.
Twelve of the victims were shot inside the building, two were shot outside and one was killed on the road next to the school, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
Two more victims died at a hospital.
“This is a terrible day,” Israel said. “It’s catastrophic.”
Investigators are working to identify the victims. Israel said none will be publicly identified until all their families have been notified.
Fifteen others were wounded in the attack and taken to area hospitals.
Authorities identified Cruz after watching school security video. He was arrested in a nearby neighborhood in Coral Springs, FL.
At the time of his arrest, Cruz exhibited labored breathing and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Douglas High will be closed for the remainder of the week, said Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Public Schools. Counselors will be available for students and teachers beginning Thursday morning.
Runcie said the suspect was enrolled at a school in the school system at the time of the shooting.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said the state of Florida is prepared to pay for the funerals of all the deceased victims and pay for counseling for all the survivors.
Deputies responded to the scene after shots were reported around the school’s dismissal time of 3 p.m. ET. Students told media that they heard the fire alarm go off about 10 minutes before school let out.
The students then fled back inside the building as the shooting began, while others ran to nearby businesses.
Responding deputies encountered hundreds of students fleeing the school. Investigators said Cruz had concealed himself in the crowd and was among those running out.
Our hearts are with the students, families, staff and the entire Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community as we deal with this tragedy. We’ll provide continuous support for all of the students and families impacted by this heartbreaking situation.
— Broward Schools (@browardschools) February 15, 2018
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