Valentine’s Day 2018 turned into a Day of Carnage for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland
Florida school shooting: Valentine’s Day 2018 turned into a Day of Carnage for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, when a 19-year-old gunman opened fire with an assault-style rifle on Wednesday. The attack killed 17 people and injured more than a dozen. The gunman, identified as Nikolaus Cruz, had once been expelled for disciplinary reasons from the Florida school. | Today’s Paper
Here are top 10 developments of Florida shooting
1. Nikolaus Cruz’s life at home
The gunman was identified as Nikolaus Cruz, who previously attended the school and was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said, “the gunman surrendered to police without a struggle.” Cruz was adopted by Lynda and Roger Cruz when he was an infant, ABC reports. According to Kathie Blaine, the cousin of Cruz’s adopted mother who lives in New York, Lynda died of the flu in November. Blaine also said Cruz’s adoptive father died 13 years ago of a heart attack.
2. Ex-CIA official breaks down on camera
A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Philip Mudd broke down into tears on camera during an interview, following the shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday.
Philip Mudd, while speaking to CNN, condemned the incident and urged the people to speak against it.
He was emotional and visibly disturbed while saying, “A child of God is dead.
Can not we acknowledge in this country that we cannot accept this?”
Mudd also blamed the ISIS and Al Queda, which might have provided the ammunition and grenades used by the accused to conduct the shooting.
3. Weapons used by Cruz
He was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and had multiple magazines of ammunition. According to CNN, he wore a gas mask, was carrying smoke grenades and set off a fire alarm, prompting students to pour out of their classrooms into the hallways.
As a high school freshman, Cruz was part of the US military-sponsored Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp program at the school.
Jillian Davis, 19, a recent graduate and former fellow JROTC member at Stoneman Douglas High, described Cruz as “kind of an outcast” who was known for unruly behaviour at school and was “crazy about guns.”
4. 17 dead, over a dozen injured
Twelve of the dead were killed inside the school, two others just outside, one more on the street and two other victims died of their injuries at a hospital.
The victims comprised a mixture of students and adults. Authorities at two nearby hospitals told Reuters they were treating 13 survivors for bullet wounds and other injuries, five of whom were listed in critical condition
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