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Gunman Kills 17 In School Shooting In Florida

By Megan Menchaca

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On Wednesday, accused shooter Nicholas Cruz open fired inside a Florida high school and killed at least 17 people, marking the 3rd deadliest school shooting in modern American history.


Cruz told officers that he walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wielding a legally-purchased AR-15 and began shooting students in the hallways and outside on the school’s grounds. Along with the 17 people killed, fourteen others were wounded in the shooting, five with life-threatening injuries, hospital officials said


The names of those who lost their lives during the shooting are Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jamie Guttenberg, Chris Brent Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsey, Alex Schachter, Carmen Marie Schentrup and Peter Wang.



After being apprehended, Cruz admitted to the attack, telling investigators he brought the AR-15 and several loaded magazines stuffed into a backpack and planned to leave them behind in order to blend in with fleeing students, according to a police affidavit. And on Thursday, the authorities charged Cruz with 17 counts of premeditated murder.


Cruz was also previously a member of a white supremacist group, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a group that monitors racist organizations. A member of Republic of Florida, Jordan Jereb, told the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday that Cruz was associated with the group, but said no one with the group told him to do anything like the school shooting.


In response to the shooting, President Donald Trump addressed the nation Thursday morning about the shooting, denouncing the “terrible violence, hatred and evil” of the attack and promising to visit Parkland. ”Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families,” he said. Trump said he would be meeting with state officials later this month to talk about how to make schools safer.


For more information about the shooting, click here to view the New York Times’ coverage.