Seventeen dead in Florida school shooting

At least 17 people have died after a gunman opened fire at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, 15th February 2018, 7:49 am
Updated Thursday, 15th February 2018, 8:00 am

Authorities responded to reports of a shooting at about 2.30pm.

The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. He was arrested at the scene and taken into custody. Sheriff Scott Israel, of Broward County, said Cruz was a former student at the school who was previously expelled for disciplinary reasons.

The sheriff said the gunman had at least one AR-15 rifle as well as multiple magazines.

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He told reporters that an attack began outside the school.

Twelve people were found dead inside the building, two were found just outside the school and another was found dead in a nearby street. A further two people died later while receiving medical treatment.

Sixteen injured people were taken to hospital - the two who later died among that number.

US president Donald Trump tweeted his condolences saying: "No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."