Coach who shielded students among shooting victims

Coach who shielded students among shooting victims

Coach who shielded students among shooting victims

Addressing the nation Thursday, the president said "we are all joined together as one American family".

An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and an AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities after the deadliest school shooting in the United States in five years.

There have two shootings in different schools in MI and California and a single shooting in 11 other states - including yesterday's in Florida.

Cruz initially was taken by ambulance to Broward North hospital for treatment for labored breathing after his capture about two miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, officials said.

Law enforcement officials say that the suspect appears to have pulled the school fire alarm, and as everyone started exiting their classrooms, he started shooting.

Officials said classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be canceled for the remainder of the week, including all school activities.

Trump said he'll travel to Florida meet with victims' families, explore how to better secure schools and "tackle the hard issue of mental health". "Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem", Trump tweeted. "Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!"

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is a vocal proponent of gun control, spoke on the Senate floor as news of the shooting broke.

A photo taken shortly after Nikolas Cruz was taken into custody. During the three months Cruz lived there, he was respectful and quiet but also sad over his mother's death, Lewis told The AP.

Cruz didn't seem to have any friends and usually just stuck to himself but "once given the opportunity, he liked to talk", said Brandon Minoff, a senior at the school, who was assigned to a group project with him during his sophomore year.

Student Victoria Olvera, 17, said Cruz had been abusive to his ex-girlfriend and that his expulsion was over a fight with her new boyfriend.

"They offered him a home and tried to help the kid out because he really didn't have any other place to stay".

The night before the shooting, Cruz went to work, and on the morning of the shooting, told his friend he "didn't go to school on Valentine's Day".

Detectives say Cruz was equipped with a gas mask, smoke grenades and multiple magazines of ammunition, when he opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets.

Seventeen people were killed, including an athletic coach who reportedly shielded students from the bullets.

"It wasn't like there wasn't concern for him", Mr Furr said.

Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he did not know of any threats posed by Cruz to the school.

Students wait to be picked up after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. And a shooting in a Texas church in November left more than two dozen dead.

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