Teen ar­rested af­ter at least 50 in­jured in hor­ri­fy­ing at­tack

Irish Daily Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY OLIVER MILNE

AT least 17 peo­ple were killed and 50 in­jured when a crazed gun­man opened fire at a US school.

For­mer stu­dent Niko­laus Cruz, 19, who had been ex­pelled, was ar­rested by po­lice in Flor­ida yes­ter­day.

The shoot­ing spree be­gan out­side the school and con­tin­ued in­side. Broward County Sher­iff Scott Is­rael said: “There are nu­mer­ous fa­tal­i­ties. It’s a hor­rific sit­u­a­tion.”

CHIL­DREN screamed in ter­ror last night as a teen gun­man killed 17 and in­jured at least 50 in the third worst school shoot­ing in US his­tory.

Ex-stu­dent Niko­laus Cruz blasted away with an AK47 af­ter en­ter­ing Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School, north of Mi­ami.

Then he slipped out dur­ing the panic be­fore be­ing ar­rested.

Broward County Sher­iff Scott Is­rael said: “It’s cat­a­strophic. There re­ally are no words. I’m sad­dened to say that 17 peo­ple lost their lives.

“Sus­pect Niko­laus Cruz, 19, is in cus­tody.” Sher­iff Is­rael said the at­tack be­gan out­side the school, but the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple were killed when Cruz en­tered the build­ing.

Twelve bod­ies were found in the school, two on the street out­side, one in sev­eral streets away.

Two peo­ple suc­combed to their wounds.

Sher­iff Is­rael re­fused to be drawn on the at­tacker’s mo­tive, telling re­porters he had “no idea” what could have sparked the at­tack.

Lo­cal me­dia were re­port­ing that Cruz had used a AR15 as­sault ri­fle in the at­tack, equipped with mul­ti­ple large ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines. A stu­dent, who was not iden­ti­fied, told Fox News “there were dead bod­ies ev­ery­where as I was led out of the build­ing”.

One pupil tweeted from in­side the siege, post­ing pho­to­graphs from in­side a class­room. He said: “My school is be­ing shot up and I am locked in­side. I’m f ****** scared right now.”

The ac­count also shared pic­tures of pupils hid­ing for cover un­der ta­bles.

Stu­dent Michael Katz told ABC News he “heard what sounded like a garbage truck like bang­ing”.

He added: “Then also I hear, ‘boom, boom, boom.’ I hear scream­ing ev­ery­where.

I just got un­der­neath my teacher’s desk.”

Maths teacher Jim Gard told the Her­ald that Cruz was pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied as a threat to the school in pre­vi­ous years.

He said: “We were told last year that he wasn’t al­lowed on cam­pus with a back­pack on him. There were prob­lems with him last year threat­en­ing stu­dents, and he was asked to leave cam­pus.”

The 17 deaths make it the third most deadly at­tack on a US school in its his­tory. The most deadly was 27 chil­dren killed in Sandy Hook.

SUS­PECT Niko­laus Cruz

HANDS IN AIR Po­lice lead stu­dents from school

NABBED Sus­pect is hand­cuffed and led away by of­fi­cers

DRAMA Armed of­fi­cers swarm the school com­plex yes­ter­day

IN­JURED Pupil is treated

HOR­ROR Scene of mur­der

VIC­TIM Stu­dent is taken to am­bu­lance by medics

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