Deadly gun rampage at high school
Many feared dead, dozens injured
A GUNMAN killed several victims and injured dozens more in a deadly US high school rampage yesterday.
No official figure was available but a local schools superintendent confirmed a large death toll in the atrocity in south Florida.
Robert Runcie said: “There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation.
“It is a horrible day for us.”
The shooter went on the run as SWAT teams raced to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, north of Miami.
Terrified students were put on “code red” lockdown in classrooms as police hunted the killer.
Soon after, TV networks broadcast footage of officers around a police vehicle with a handcuffed man in a red shirt.
The Broward County sheriff ’s office confirmed a man was in custody.
They did not identify him but he was named locally as former student Nicolas Cruz, 19.
One teacher 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 I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
It is believed the shooter set off the fire alarm about 10 minutes before the end of the school day to draw students and staff into the open before firing on them.
Student Nicole Baltzer said as they evacuated, she heard shots and everyone started running back.
“I heard so many gunshots, at least like six. They were very close,” Nicole said.
Parkland, an affluent suburb, was this week named as the safest place in Florida for its minimal crime rate.
The attack was the 18th school shooting in the US in the first six weeks of 2018.
ARREST Suspect is held