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17 killed in Florida school shooting by former student

17 killed in Florida school shooting by former student

- 17 people have reportedly killed both inside and outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, US

- A suspected Nikolas Cruz who had been expelled from the school was arrested with semiautomatic rifle

- President Donald Trump has, however, sent condolences to the families of the victims

The US law enforcement has declared that about 17 people were on Wednesday, February 14, left dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The fourteen others were wounded, five of whom had life-threatening injuries Wednesday night, February 14.

CNN reports that the authorities noted that the suspect, identified as Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the fleeing crowd and was arrested in nearby Coral Springs.

Anxious family members await news of their loved ones. Photo credit: CNN

Anxious family members await news of their loved ones. Photo credit: CNN

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They said: ''He was treated for "labored breathing" as a precaution but was released from the hospital.''

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel identified the gunman as Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland who had been expelled for “disciplinary reasons,” but was currently enrolled in Broward County Public Schools.

The sheriff said: ''Cruz, whose fellow students described him as “troubled,” was arrested without incident in the nearby town of Coral Springs after the Valentine’s Day rampage and taken to hospital with minor injuries.

''He had mixed in with students fleeing the school before being caught. We have already begun to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things are very, very disturbing.

Law enforcement agents transport the suspect in Wednesday's school shooting. Photo credit: CNN

Law enforcement agents transport the suspect in Wednesday's school shooting. Photo credit: CNN

''If a person is predisposed to commit such a horrific event by going to a school and shooting people there’s not anybody or not a lot law enforcement can do about it.”

He added: ''Both students and adults had been killed, 12 of whom have now been identified. Fifteen people were killed at the school itself and 17 were taken to hospital, two of whom died of their wounds. One of those killed was a football coach, and one student injured was a deputy sheriff’s son.''

Also Florida Governor Rick Scott, his hands clutched over his chest said: ''You come to the conclusion this is just absolutely pure evil.''

It was learnt that the gunfire began outside the school and continued inside, where 12 of the victims were killed.

Federal and local authorities said there was no indication that the gunman had an accomplice or accomplices.

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US President Donald Trump has twitted: "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.''

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Wanti who is from Imo state claimed that as one of the officially recognised 364 criminalists in the world, he had the capacity to tackle the problem of corruption.

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