At Least 17 Dead, 20 Wounded In Florida High School Shooting; Suspect Identified As Former Student

Here is a running summary of Wednesday's tragic shooting:

  • At least 17 killed, more than 20 injured
  • 19-year-old suspect arrested and identified as Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, a aformer student who was expelled.
  • Teachers had been warned not to let Cruz onto campus with a backpack, and he had previously been the subject of schoolwide warnings about possible violence; last year he was not allowed to come back on campus because of threats against students.
  • It's not clear why he left the school
  • The town of Parkland is about 45 miles north of Miami
  • Sheriff said the total won't be known until the SWAT team gives the "all clear" - the school is still considered an active crime scene
  • The sheriff said that the suspect had "countless magazines" and was believed to have used an AR-15 rifle, used in previously mass shooting incidents including Newtown, Aurora and San Bernardino
  • One twitter user estimated that, since the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, more than 150,000 US students have been directly affected by school shootings

Cruz reportedly followed numerous gun groups as well as resistance groups on social media including the Syrian resistance & Iraqi fighters.

Video of the school shooting suspect, still wearing his hospital gown, being escorted into Broward County Sheriff's headquarters


In another briefing, Sheriff Israel said the shooting "Started outside the school and went inside". Two succumbed to their wounds at the hospital, but it's unclear what state the scene is in. Twelve were killed inside the school, two were killed on a street outside, and two more succumbed to their wounds. It's unclear what happened to the 17.

Cruz is a legal adult and can be charged as such. At this point, it's unclear if Cruz is cooperating with police.

His arraignment will in all likelihood be tomorrow morning in Broward County State Court.

One expert said that Cruz may have legally purchased his firearm in the state of Florida where, despite warnings about his behavior, he wouldn't have been disqualified for mental health reasons.

It's unclear how Cruz acquired his weapon.

What is clear is that the gunman's behavior had been anticipated by his peers.


Trevor Hart, 16, who knew Cruz in Spanish class, said Cruz had a bunch of weapons because Cruz talked about shooting lizards, squirrels and frogs. He said he thought he seemed “a little off.”

Cruz was taken into custody off campus without incident, he said. Wearing a red shirt, black pants and black boots, Cruz was seen being placed on a gurney. At 4:47 p.m. he was seen being wheeled into Broward Health North hospital in Deerfield Beach. Later he was taken from the hospital to Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Sixteen people were being treated at area hospitals. Seven victims were being treated at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Benny Menendez told a crowd of reporters. Two were in critical condition and five were stable. Nine were taken to Broward Health North Medical Center, where three were in critical condition.

“We do drills and when this happens we’re ready,” Menendez said. “We practice for this.”

At around dismissal time at 2:40 p.m., staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire and enacted a “code red” lock down, according to the Broward School District.

“It’s a horrific situation,” Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said. “It’s just a horrible day for us.”

Students were streaming down Pine Island Road at 3:30. Some of them crying, some talking on cell phones.

Meghan Walton's mascara was running as she walked down Pine Island Road with her mother. Derval Walton. She was waiting in the car line to pick her 15 year old freshman daughter up when she got the ominous text from her: "Code Red"

"Kids were running out full of blood," Derval Walton said. "Kids were falling in the grass."

Hannah Siren, 14, was in math class on the third floor.

"The people next door to us must have not locked their door," she said, breaking into tears. "They all got shot"

How many?

"10 or ... 7"

The following Twitter video captures the chilling sounds of the AR15 shooting right next to this Florida classroom.

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Watch a live feed of the coverage below:

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Update (6:00 pm ET): ABC is now reporting that at least 15 students were killed in today's attack, the number is expected to grow.

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Update (5:20 pm ET): A picture of the casualties from today's shooting is beginning to emerge.

There were at least 20 students injured in the attack; several are dead.

The shooter has been identified as an 19-year-old former student named Nicolas de Jesus Cruz.

According to Reuters, Cruz surrendered quietly.

Deputies arrested him in the Wyndham Lakes community in Coral Springs, just before 4 pm, a little over a mile away from the school, and a little over an hour after he fired his first shots, according to a local TV station...

“He was taken into arrest without incident,” said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

"There was a time when he did attend the school," Israel said. "I don’t know why he left, I don’t know when he left."

A teacher at the school told the Miami Herald that Cruz, 19, had been identified as a potential threat to fellow students in the past. Emails had reportedly been sent warning teachers that the student had made threats against other in the past and that he should not be allowed on the campus with a backpack.

Another student interviewed on the scene by Channel 7 said Cruz had guns at home.

"We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him," said math teacher Jim Gard, who said the former student suspected in the shootings had been in his class last year. "There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus."

One student told CNN that the school had recently held a meeting to discuss what to do in such an attack...

In his first public statement, Israel said "we have multiple casualties" and "there are folks who have lost their lives.."


Police said they won't know the total toll of the attack until the SWAT team gives the all-clear...

"We don’t know if there are injured people," said Israel. "We don’t know if there are people hiding. We will not begin to open up the crime scene until the SWAT components say, ‘The school is safe and clear.’ When I hear all-clear, we’ll begin the next phase of this investigation."

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Dozens of victims are being reported in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, a large high school with several thousand students, with authorities saying the gunman is now in custody...but the scene is still considered active.

Contrary to initial reports that there could be dozens of victims, NBC is reporting that 14 students have been shot.

The suspect's name has yet to be released. But reporters said he had previously attended the school, but wasn't currently enrolled...he's said to be 18 years old.



The suspect reportedly barricaded himself indoors before being taken into custody, footage of the suspect being taken into custody can be seen below...

The suspect matched the initial description of the suspect...




Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told MSNBC that there were "many" fatalities...





The shooting reportedly took place in a part of the building where freshman classes are typically held, one student told NBC.



The Superintendent of Schools called it a "horrific situation".



One of the school’s students, caught up in the shooting, posted pictures from a classroom where he and his fellow students were hiding behind desks.

The town is 50 miles north of Miami. As Bloomberg described it, the school is "a sprawling complex set on a tract in the South Florida community..."



Initial reports suggest there could be more than 50 victims and said it's being treated as a "mass casualty" event. According to NBC, the suspect was described as a white male last seen leaving campus in a burgundy shirt.

President Trump tweeted that he "just spoke" to Fla. Gov. Rick Scott...









Aerial footage from CNN affiliate WSVN showed a number of people lying on the ground outside the school and being moved to ambulances. Dozens of police vehicles and ambulances are on site, including one tank, along with a team of heavily armed law enforcement officers as students ran or walked out. Some reported victims were seen being carried out of the school.


Coral Springs Police tweeted that students and teachers should remain barricaded inside the school until officers can reach them.  People should stay away from the school due to an active police scene, police said. They also said that parents in touch with their students should refrain from calling 911.

The shooting went on for "some time..."

Television footage, seen below, showed police in fatigues entering the school with weapons drawn...then dozens of children frantically running and walking quickly out.



Horrifying stories from students who were at the school are starting to trickle in...

Nicole Baltzer, 18, said she was in trigonometry class about 10 minutes before the end of the school day when the fire alarm went off. As students evacuated, she heard six gunshots and everyone started running back inside the school, according to CNN.

Dozens of law enforcement vehicles are on site, including one tank, along with a team of heavily armed law enforcement officers.


"I heard so many gunshots, at least like six. They were very close," Baltzer said.

Baltzer said she is still on lockdown in a classroom on the second floor. Her stepsister is also on lockdown in a different classroom, she said.

"Everyone just started freaking out," one student said.

According to Buzzfeed, a male student, who was not identified, told WSVN that he was on the campus at the time of the shooting.

He and other students near him heard an alarm go off, he said, and initially they thought the school was staging some sort of drill. Then they heard gun shots. "We heard pops," the student said, "and from the other side of the school we see the whole school running out."

One student posted video of students ducking for cover while the sound of gunshots could be heard in the background...



Some students tweeted photos of them hiding under their desks...





Several agencies are responding to the incident, including the ATF and the FBI.



Footage of students marching outside of the school with their hands up were taken by aerial cameras.

No information has been provided yet to parents, one parent told Bloomberg. "I'm scared for the other parents here. You can see the concern in everybody's faces. Everybody is asking, 'Have you heard from your child yet?'" one parent said.

As one twitter account pointed out, this is the eighteenth school shooting in the US so far this year....



Shitonya Serfs Dilluminati Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:19 Permalink

Grabbers were getting bored...time for them to dust off their scripts for TV.


" The suspect was described as a white male last seen leaving campus in a burgundy shirt. "

Not many white guys I know wear burgundy shirts, Cubans and Ricans on the other hand.


Also, where's the TV footage of Ambulances speeding away to the ER. There should be a line of those at the closest hospitals' ER docks.


Uh, oh. They caught the pudgy, white bastard. Living suspect, probably won't be good for the narrative, unless he voted for Trump.


Roll out the Parkland Robbie Parker.

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JimmyJones Shitonya Serfs Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:20 Permalink

Info on the area, County…


Update, Perp is suspected to be a White Male.  Catch him alive this time please so we can find out who he's working for.

Ill save the media some time, Ban all guns now, think of the Children. There done.

Wonder what type of Pills the shooter was on.

In reply to by Shitonya Serfs Teja Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:42 Permalink

Happy Valentines Day...after this /s


OBSERVATION: as I read through post after post, not a single one of you Einsteins got it. 


Every mass shooting (suicide) over last 20 years has one thing in common... and it's not guns


SSRI drugs


SSRI drugs


SSRI drugs


SSRI drugs


SSRI drugs




(and don't forget to add the media, politics, share holders of big pharma...and more)


Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold's medical records have never been made available to the public.

• Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather's girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

• Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

• Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

• Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

• Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

• Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

• Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

• A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

• Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

• A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

• Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

• TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

• Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

• James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

• Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

• Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California

• Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

• Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

• Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic's file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

• Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

• Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

• Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

• Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

• Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family's Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

• Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara's parents said ".... the damn doctor wouldn't take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil...")

• Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002, (Gareth's father could not accept his son's death and killed himself.)

• Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family's detached garage.

• Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

• Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

• Woody __, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

• A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

• Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and "other drugs for the conditions."

• Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

• Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

• Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.

• Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

• Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.

Missing from list... 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds....

• What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21...... killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az?

• What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24..... killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado?

• What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or?

• What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct?



" He has red hair "



Going out on a limbScottish & Latino descent if the hair is naturally red.  His skin is looking very pasty white so I have to go with a natural red head.  Scottish & Latino & SSRI drugs & BIG PHARMA:


Can you think of a more volatile combination?



(Here's my post from earlier today, before we found out who he was or that he had RED HAIR)


In my 68 years, I've never met a redhead I cared to meet again.

They have been a millstone around my neck, both male and female.

It's ironic that the worlds only annual red head convention occurs a few blocks from where I reside.

Needless to say.  I stay confined to quarters on the events weekend.

If you're a red head, down vote me, but, stay the fuck away.  Or else.

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dasein211 IH8OBAMA Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:21 Permalink

So much hate coming from both sides. Mark my words this day and time- you’ll all be burying your children next to each other soon enough. Maybe while you’re crying on their graves will you realize how stupid and small minded you are for being so leftwing or rightwing. Good luck to you. May their souls find rest. 

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Bubba Rum Das Beowulf55 Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:08 Permalink

It's obviously a False Flag; I was listening to an NPR interview of two sophomore girls who were there; first BOTH of them said they "thought it was a DRILL, because a DHS drill had been scheduled"...

Also, they both said they heard the helicopters BEFORE the shooting started; apparently there was also an MRAP there w/ numerous SWAT teams almost instantly after the shooting started-

Along w/ that, for 17 people killed along w/ 20 injured, only about 4 ambulances showed up in over two hours of footage covering then incident that I watched on the mainstream networks!

DHS emergency trailer also present, that you see at almost all the Drills...

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gatorengineer dasein211 Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:37 Permalink

Funny I dont see much hate coming from the right?  Can you point it out to me....  and please dont call enforcing the rule of law or rules on the books hate....


You also better realize that the right while not violent, is also sick of this shit and each time one of these events occur its a boon to gun and ammo sales.... come to think of it...................


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