WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Donald Trump planned to address the nation Thursday morning about the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, the White House said.
Trump also issued a proclamation honoring the victims of the shooting at the Parkland, Florida, high school. It says, “Our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones.”
A former student opened fire Wednesday at the school with an AR-15 rifle, killing 17 people and injuring 14 more. The 19-year-old was charged Thursday morning.
Trump did not speak out immediately after the shooting. He weighed in on Twitter early Thursday, calling the suspect “mentally disturbed.”
“Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem,” the president said. “Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”
The president tweeted about the shooting twice on Wednesday, expressing condolences and saying he spoke with Florida’s governor.
The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He was arrested about two miles from the school shortly after the shooting and initially taken to a hospital with breathing problems.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Wednesday that Cruz had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Israel said investigators were dissecting the suspect’s “very disturbing” social media posts.
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