Hero teacher saves stu­dents, then killed

Death toll may rise in yet an­other US mass shoot­ing at a school

The Observer - - NEWS | WORLD - DE­BRA KILLALEA AND ME­GAN PALIN

AT LEAST 17 peo­ple are dead af­ter a shoot­ing ram­page at a Flor­ida high school al­legedly car­ried out by a for­mer stu­dent.

Law en­force­ment sources con­firmed the fig­ure as au­thor­i­ties re­leased the name of the sus­pect.

Flor­ida po­lice say sus­pect Niko­las de Je­sus Cruz, 19, en­tered the Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Park­land on Wed­nes­day and car­ried out the mas­sacre.

Po­lice say Cruz walked onto cam­pus and shot his way into the school build­ing be­fore de­lib­er­ately trig­ger­ing a fire alarm. Stu­dents and teach­ers started leav­ing class­rooms and the gun­man opened fire.

The tragic toll makes this the eighth dead­li­est shoot­ing in mod­ern his­tory.

Broward Sher­iff Scott Is­rael de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a “hor­rific homi­ci­dal act” and said 12 peo­ple were killed in­side the school, two out­side the build­ings and one per­son on the street. Two vic­tims died in hos­pi­tal.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 14 peo­ple were trans­ported to area hos­pi­tals with var­i­ous de­grees of in­juries, there are mul­ti­ple ca­su­al­i­ties, there are folks who have lost their lives,” Mr Is­rael said.

A teenager caught up in the shoot­ing re­vealed how a teacher lost his life try­ing to save his stu­dents.

The stu­dent, Alex, told South Flor­ida News WSVN7, she was in­side a class­room when the gun­man walked past.

She and oth­ers hid in a room her teacher had un­locked for them.

But he was shot by the gun­man and died as he tried to lock the stu­dents safely in­side.

“So we heard our fire alarm for the sec­ond time that day which is weird,” she said

“We all got up­stairs and into the class­room, and when he tried to un­lock the door, me and a cou­ple other peo­ple ran in, and as he was clos­ing the door, he was ac­tu­ally shot and killed right there.”

She said the door was left open the whole time and the gun­man could have walked in but stu­dents tried to hide or lie on the floor so the gun­man wouldn’t no­tice.

The shooter, who was pre­vi­ously a stu­dent at the school, was iden­ti­fied as a po­ten­tial threat pre­vi­ously.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­sponded to the school shoot­ing in Flor­ida, say­ing “no child, teacher or any­one else should ever feel un­safe in an Amer­i­can school”.

“My prayers and con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of the ter­ri­ble Flor­ida shoot­ing,” he wrote on Twit­ter.

Cruz was ar­rested within an hour with­out in­ci­dent.

Sher­iff Is­rael said Cruz was once ex­pelled for dis­ci­plinary rea­sons.

“It’s a ter­ri­ble day for Park­land, Broward County, the state of Flor­ida and the US,” he said.

“My own triplets grad­u­ated here. It’s cat­a­strophic, there are re­ally no words.”

AS HE WAS CLOS­ING THE DOOR, (THE TEACHER) WAS AC­TU­ALLY SHOT AND KILLED RIGHT THERE

PHOTO: JOHN MC­CALL/MIKE STOCKER/SOUTH FLOR­IDA SUN-SEN­TINEL/AP

EMO­TIONS RE­LEASED: Stu­dents em­brace af­ter be­ing re­leased from the lock­down. IN­SET: Po­lice evac­u­ate stu­dents.

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