PARKLAND: A 19-year-old gunman opened fire on Wednesday at a Florida High School he had previously been expelled from, killing at least 17 people before he was finally arrested by police, the authorities said on Thursday.
The violence erupted shortly before dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami. Live television footage showed students streaming out of the building as dozens of police and emergency services personnel swarmed the area.
The gunman was identified as Nikolas Cruz, who previously attended the school and was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news briefing hours later.
“Seventeen people were killed when a 19-year-old former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida High School,” Sheriff Scott Israel sheriff said, calling the scene “horrific.”.