17 die in Valen­tine’s Day mas­sacre at high school in Florida

United states: Teenage sus­pect ar­rested after pupils and adults killed in gun ram­page

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Ste­wart alexander

At least 17 peo­ple have been killed in a shoot­ing at a high school in Park­land, Florida.

Sher­iff Scott Is­rael of Broward County said the 19-year-old sus­pect, later iden­ti­fied as Ni­cholas Cruz, was in cus­tody after Swat teams swarmed Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School, ar­rest­ing him with­out in­ci­dent off cam­pus.

Cruz was a for­mer pupil who had been ex­pelled.

The sher­iff said most of the fa­tal­i­ties were in­side the build­ing, although some were found out­side.

There were scenes of stu­dents run­ning from the build­ing and am­bu­lance crews treat­ing peo­ple out­side the school.

Broward County Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Run­cie said: “There are nu­mer­ous fa­tal­i­ties. It is a hor­rific sit­u­a­tion.”

The White House can­celled its daily press brief­ing and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has spo­ken with Florida gover­nor Rick Scott.

The pres­i­dent tweeted: “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.”

Par­ent John Obin said his son was in class when he heard sev­eral shots.

He said his son told him teach­ers quickly rushed pupils out of the school.

Coral Springs Po­lice said ear­lier that the school had been locked down and that pupils and teach­ers in­side should re­main bar­ri­caded un­til po­lice reached them.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed two peo­ple on stretch­ers and an­other per­son be­ing treated on the ground near the school.

Len Mur­ray, whose 17-year-old son at­tends the school, was stopped by au­thor­i­ties within view of the build­ing.

He said: “I’m scared for the other par­ents here. You can see the con­cern in ev­ery­body’s faces.

“Ev­ery­body is ask­ing: ‘Have you heard from your child yet?’”

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent in the US yes­ter­day, au­thor­i­ties re­sponded to a shoot­ing out­side the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency cam­pus at Fort Meade, Mary­land, where po­lice sur­rounded a hand­cuffed man after a ve­hi­cle ran into a bar­rier.

The NSA said weapons were fired and that three peo­ple were hurt dur­ing the in­ci­dent, although no in­juries ap­peared to be be­cause of the gun­fire.

Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages.

Pupils and staff be­ing led to safety fol­low­ing the shoot­ing at­tack.

A fa­ther and child com­fort each other out­side the school.

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