US mourns 17 victims killed in a shooting at a Florida school

The United States has lived this Wednesday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, the last nightmare of its unstoppable chain of massacres with firearms. In the quiet town of Parkland, about an hour’s drive north-west of Miami, Florida, an ex-student expelled for indiscipline opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School, leaving a trail of blood and fright with at least 17 dead and 15 wounded. informed the local police.

This new massacre surpasses the massacre in Columbine (1999) where there were 15 dead including the two teenage shooters, of the center. The suspect was identified as Nikolas Cruz, who was expelled from high school for bad behavior and discipline problems. He is 19 years old.

   Nikolas Cruz

The incident occurred just before 3 o’clock in the afternoon local time and according to police sources in the shooting perpetrated at the school in Florida an AR15 caliber weapon was used .223. Until now, the ATF is tracking the firearm.

 

The attacker fired inside and outside the institute where he began his killing with an AR-15 rifle and was prepared with numerous loaders. According to Senator Bill Nelson, Cruz activated the fire alarm and, covered with a mask, began throwing smoke grenades and started riddling the people that were lf in the middle of the haze. Later, he left the school camouflaged among students fleeing the shooting

 

Immediately after the shooting, the school activated its emergency red code and many local and federal agents arrived at the scene. The pursuit of the shooter lasted more than an hour. The authorities established a security perimeter and prevented the families of the students from approaching the risk area, overflying it with helicopters.

 

Relatives of students at Stoneman Douglas High School

President Donald Trump reacted on Twitter expressing his condolences and adding: “No child or teacher or anyone else should feel unsafe in an American school.” According to FBI records, since the Columbine massacre in 1999 until 2016, there had been about fifty attacks or attempts of attack with firearms in US schools that left 141 dead. Including the Parkland shooting, in the first month and a half of this year there have been 18 incidents with firearms in educational centers.

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