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, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday after being questioned for hours by authorities, according to CNN.
One of the victims was identified by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s football Twitter account as assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who also worked as a security guard at the school.
“He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories,” the football program stated on Twitter.
The coach’s death was confirmed by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, the Miami Herald reported.
It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories pic.twitter.com/O181FvuHl3
— MS Douglas Football (@MSDEagles) February 15, 2018
The alleged shooter Cruz, who was orphaned late last year, was expelled from the school in 2017 for disciplinary reasons.
He 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, including Feis.
“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…