Deadly gun ram­page at high school

Many feared dead, dozens in­jured

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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

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