At least 17 dead, 14 wounded after shooting at Florida high school

Florida school shooting suspect linked to white supremacist group: ADL

At least 17 dead, 14 wounded after shooting at Florida high school

An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and his own AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S.in five years.

The gunman, identified as 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from the school because of disciplinary issues.

So far, what they've found is "very, very disturbing", he said.

I've spoken with @BrowardSheriff Scott Israel, @browardschools Superintendent Robert Runcie and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding Stoneman Douglas High School.

Twelve people were shot dead in the school building, two outside, one in the street and two people were left with injuries from which they later died.

He said the victims comprised of a mixture of students and adults.

Scripps station WPTV in West Palm Beach talked to a senior at the high school who saw Cruz open fire on classmates.

One survivor, Kyle Yeoward, 16, said he and about 15 other students and a teacher hid in a closet for almost two hours before police arrived.

Cruz was known at school as having problems, according to several witnesses interviewed by local media. The suspect is in custody and has been identified as Nikolas Cruz. "I stopped seeing him before his mom passed away because I ended up moving [to Sunrise, Florida], but we would still contact each other every other day".

And just spoke to FBI to make sure all federal resources are being made available to help.

"The president will address the nation on the tragic shooting in Parkland, FL at 11am", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Three former schoolmates of Mr. Cruz told ABC News that the suspect was part of the group.

The president tweeted: "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting". He said: "No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school".

"My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the awful Florida shooting", he tweeted.

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