FBI's Florida gaffes compound agency's image problem

The FBI, which has been a frequent target of criticism from the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers, now faces additional scrutiny after admitting Friday that it botched a tip that could have averted Wednesday's massacre in Parkland, Fla.. America’s top law enforcement agency said it failed to act on information that alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz had a “desire to kill people,” had written a series of alarming social media posts and had access to a gun.

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Trump slams FBI over 'missed signals' on Florida shooting, asserts Russia was distraction

They are still dissatisfied with its decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with crimes related to her use of a private email server, and they see signs of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.

President Donald Trump urged the FBI to “get back to the basics” Saturday night after an embarrassing series of mistakes in connection with the Parkland, Fla., massacre. “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter,” the president tweeted late Saturday.

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Trump says FBI too distracted by Russia probe to spot Florida shooting warning signs

U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized the FBI for missing warning signs shown by Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz before the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead.

President Trump has presented his own theory, suggesting that the FBI was too distracted with trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign to spot the warning signs. Both the FBI and the Justice Department have said they’re investigating why the tip wasn’t properly handled.

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Trump blasts FBI over school shooting, says "too much time" on Russia

President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested the FBI was "spending too much time" on the Russia investigation when it failed to follow up on a tip about a man who would go on to kill 17 people at a Florida high school this week. "Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter.

Trump's Saturday tweet came hours after survivors of Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rallied against the gun lobby and called for gun control, and criticized Trump and others for offering what they said was little more than thoughts and prayers.

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Trump attacks FBI handling of Florida shooting suspect, Russia investigation in tweet

President Trump tweeted late Saturday that he is "very sad" the FBI missed the possible warning signs about Florida shooting suspect and the they are "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion." He also added "there is no collusion" and the FBI should "get back to the basics and make us all proud!"

Mr. Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt a few days later that he decided to fire Comey after saying to himself "you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story."

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After Florida school shooting, thousands demand change at anti-gun rally

Victims of the recent Florida school shooting have called out politicians for their lack of action after yet another deadly massacre.

Thousands of students, parents and gun control advocates rallied in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday to demand changes in legislation after 17 people were shot and killed at a high school in the nearby town of Parkland. "They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun," said student Emma Gonzalez on the steps of Fort Lauderdale's federal courthouse.

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State investigated after Florida school shooting suspect cut himself

Florida's child welfare agency investigated the suspect in a school shooting that killed 17 people after he cut himself in a video but found him stable, according to state records.

The documents provide further evidence that Cruz was a troubled teen before being charged with 17 counts of murder in the Wednesday attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Michael Alessandri, a clinical professor of psychology at University of Miami, said Cruz's diagnosis of autism should not be viewed as one of the causes of the attack.

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FBI, under scrutiny over Russia and Clinton probes, faces new criticism for failure to act before Florida shooting

Already facing congressional investigations over its handling of the Russia probe and other political matters — was hit this week with a new batch of inquiries from lawmakers about its failure to act on tips that might have prevented the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) seized on the FBI’s failure to investigate Cruz and called Friday for FBI Director Christopher A. Wray to resign.

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Anger bubbles over at funerals in wake of Florida school shooting

As families began burying their dead, authorities questioned whether they could have prevented the attack on a South Florida high school where a gunman took the lives of 14 students, the athletic director, a coach and a geography teacher.

At funerals and in the streets of Parkland, a suburb on the edge of the Everglades, anger bubbled over at the senselessness of the shooting and at the widespread availability of guns.

The Guardian -
Trump vowed to end 'this American carnage' – but the attacks keep happening

“Beginning on January 20 2017, safety will be restored,” Donald Trump vowed as he accepted the nomination as the Republican candidate for president.

Gun control groups have new force behind their argument – the same argument Trump made in his inauguration speech – if your elected officials can’t protect you, replace them.

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Families of those killed in Florida shooting bury victims, angrily demand action

As families began burying their dead, authorities questioned whether they could have prevented the attack on a South Florida high school where a gunman took the lives of 14 students, the athletic director, a coach and a geography teacher.

A look at the FBI call centre that failed to flag tip on Florida school shooting suspect. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the shooting that killed 17 people Wednesday was a “tragic consequence” of the FBI’s missteps and ordered a review of the Justice Department’s processes.

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Pressure mounts on FBI director to resign as Florida community reels

Pressure is mounting on the FBI director to resign after his agency admitted it failed to investigate a warning that the man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun and the desire to kill.

The disclosure spread angry disbelief among residents of the Miami suburb of Parkland where Wednesday’s massacre unfolded, and led Florida’s governor Rick Scott to call for FBI chief Christopher Wray to resign.

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Florida: FBI admits it failed to act on tip about suspected school shooter

The FBI has admitted that it received a tip from someone close to the suspect, warning of a possible school attack, but that agents failed to follow up.

The FBI failed to act on a warning that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz could carry out a deadly attack on a school, only a month before Wednesday's mass shooting at a Florida high school when a teen gunman killed 17 people, the FBI has admitted. A person close to Cruz contacted the FBI on January 5 to report "information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting," the FBI admitted on Friday.

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Trump visits Parkland shooting victims at Florida hospital

President Donald Trump visited victims of this week's mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Friday evening, making stops at Broward County hospital and then sheriff's department where he praised the "incredible" work of law enforcement and first responders. "It's very sad something like that could happen," Trump said of the shooting following the incident that resulted in the deaths of 17 students and adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as he left the hospital Friday.

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FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, draws anger

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday that it had failed to act on a tip warning that the man now accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun, the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting.

A person described as someone close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, contacted an FBI tip line on Jan. 5, weeks before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, to report concerns about him, the FBI said in a statement.

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Florida school shooting site could be demolished, official says

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said it was "inexcusable" that the FBI mishandled the tip and Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the handling of the information should lead to the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High may see a teardown of the three-story freshman building on campus, the Broward schools superintendent told the Sun-Sentinel, following a proposal from the school district.

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Florida shooting victims helped by GoFundMe, comfort dogs and more

The Broward Education Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for the public schools in Broward county, has set up an official GoFundMe donation page for the victims of the Stoneman Douglas shooting.

Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi announced Wednesday that her office would pay for the funeral expenses of the 17 victims who died as a result of the shooting. At least seven shooting victims are still being treated at local Broward hospitals, the Miami Herald reported.

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Florida school shooting: Sheriff's office received 20 calls about suspect, officials say

The Broward County Sheriff's Office and the FBI gave an update Friday on the investigation into the mass shooting that left 17 dead and 15 injured Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Sheriff Scott Israel said investigators don't believe the suspect, former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, was targeting anyone during the shooting.

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FBI got tip on Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz in January, but didn't 'follow protocols'

Less than six weeks before Nikolas Cruz committed one of the deadliest school shootings in American history, someone who knew him called an FBI tip line to complain about him, the agency revealed on Friday.

In a statement, the FBI said "a person close to" Cruz called the agency's public tip line on Jan. 5 and left information on Cruz's "gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting." The tip should have been "assessed as a potential threat to life" and forwarded to the bureau's Miami field office for investigation.

Did FBI miss a warning before Fla. school shooting?

The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising concerns about whether the FBI missed signs that might have stopped a mass shooting.

The FBI couldn't identify the poster, Robert Lasky, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Miami, said Thursday.

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As Florida town mourns, authorities revisit possible warning signs before school massacre

Grieving families prepared for burials and private memorials Friday even as authorities struggled with questions over whether powerful warning signs were missed before the suspected shooter began his bloodbath in Building 12 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The backtracking after Wednesday’s massacre in South Florida turned up a potentially stunning harbinger — a YouTube post with the message “Im going to be a professional school shooter” by a user “nikolas cruz,” the same name as the 19-year-old suspect accused of killing 17 students and staff in the South Florida school he once attended.

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Coworker of alleged Florida school gunman: "I should have done something"

New questions are emerging as to whether officials and friends missed warning signs about suspected Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz.

The study finds there isn't a specific trait or behavior that can help determine if a student is planning a school shooting.

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Why terrified Florida students live-streamed their high school’s mass shooting

A shaky video uploaded from inside the shooting in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Thursday shows about a dozen students crouched on the floor of a classroom hiding from an active shooter who ultimately killed 17 people.

This close-up view from inside a mass shooting has become more common as the country’s seemingly regular incidents of gun violence takes hold of a generation known for being glued to its phones.

Teen admits Florida shooting, police say

The teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday has confessed to the shooting, police say.

The attack, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is the deadliest US school shooting since 2012. "Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds," according to the court document.

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Florida school shooter had extra ammo in backpack, went to McDonald’s after shooting

The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings and carried extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff’s department report released Thursday.

READ MORE: Paul Ryan says Florida high school shooting shouldn’t threaten right to own guns. The leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and had participated in exercises in Tallahassee.

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A loud, new voice after the latest school shooting: Kids wanting to know why adults hadn’t done more

In the familiar aftermath of America’s latest mass shooting, something new stood out: This time, the kids who survived the rampage on Wednesday were demanding to know why the adults who run the country had not done more to prevent it.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and other state political leaders offered a similar approach, saying they planned to increase funding for mental health services and school safety programs in response to the shooting.

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FBI’s near-brush with suspect in Florida school shooting draws scrutiny

Five months later, police say, Nikolas Cruz, 19, walked into the Florida high school from which he had been expelled and opened fire, killing 17 people in one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings.

Ashley Cusick in D’Iberville, Miss., and Moriah Balingit, Sarah Larimer, David Nakamura and William Wan in Washington contributed to this report.

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Gunfire Erupts at a School. Leaders Offer Prayers. Children Are Buried. Repeat.

On Wednesday, it was Scott Israel, the sheriff of Florida’s Broward County, who stepped forward to announce the toll of a massacre inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: 17 children and adults dead, another 16 wounded.

In 2012, a gunman walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 20 children, none older than 7, and six adults. For the record: In 1999, two seniors at Columbine High School in Colorado killed 12 students and one teacher in a carefully orchestrated attack.

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'It happened in Parkland': Shocked Florida community grieves after mass school shooting

Until a troubled teenager named Nikolas Cruz, according to police, picked up an AR-15 rifle and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, residents thought mass murder was something that happened somewhere else.

From one end of this well-off Florida suburb to another, the question Thursday on everybody’s lips was the same: How could something like this happen here?

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Florida school shooting timeline

After firing several rounds, the shooting suspect, identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, dropped his weapon and hid among the crowd as authorities evacuated students and faculty members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

A gunman set off fire alarms at a Florida high school Wednesday afternoon, luring hundreds of students out of their classrooms so he could open fire with a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle.

FBI was warned about Florida gunman

The FBI has launched a review over its handling of a warning about the teenager accused of carrying out Wednesday's school shooting in Florida.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy tweeted that it was time to debate gun violence, adding that political leaders needed to act to prevent "this slaughter".

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Right and Left React to the Gun Control Debate After the Florida Shooting

Read more ». Mr. Deace, a “staunch advocate of the God-given right to self-defense” and a conservative radio host, laments the fact that, so often, the conversation around gun control has partisans retreating to their rigid ideological corners without really listening to the other side. He poses a number of “legitimate” questions that he says would move the conversation forward, including “Should our schools be secured like our airports?”

Sheriff's report: Suspect confessed to Florida school attack

The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation's deadliest school shootings and concealing extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff's department report released Thursday.

Law enforcement officers enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee). This booking photo shows Nikolas Jacob Cruz, the suspect in a deadly rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Broward Sheriff's Office). Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

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Florida school shooter methodically moved between classrooms to execute his victims

The 19-year-old who is accused of killing 17 people and injuring dozens more when he opened fire on a South Florida high school Wednesday afternoon was apprehended by police more than an hour after he was dropped off on campus by an Uber, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said in a press conference today.

The officer who detained him, Michael Leonard of the Coconut Creek Police Department, said in an earlier press conference Thursday that he spotted someone matching the description of the shooting suspect in a residential neighborhood in Coral Springs, near the school.

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These were the victims of the Florida school shooting

Most of the 17 individuals killed in the United States’ latest mass shooting at a Florida high school have been identified.

Authorities have not yet revealed the names of victims, but several families have confirmed the deaths to news outlets or on social media. The deadly shooting, allegedly carried out by a former student named Nikolas Cruz, occurred Wednesday and also left 14 injured.

One shooting, two Americas

Less than 24 hours after the shooting, on cable news and throughout social media, Americans - on the left and the right - weren't just make distinct policy recommendations, they were having entirely different political conversations.

With the Parkland, Florida, death toll ranking it as one of the deadliest in US history, however, politicians and policymakers across the ideological spectrum are united in calling for action.

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After shooting, Trump plays Comforter-in-Chief — to gun owners

The day after a shooter killed 17 people at a Florida high school, President Donald Trump offered comforting words — for gun owners.

No modern American president has had a closer bond with gun owners than Trump, who won 62 percent of their votes in 2016, then promised the National Rifle Association in April 2017 that he would "never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms."

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Parkland shooting victims include young students, coach who saved others in Florida high school

The names began to emerge Thursday of the 17 people gunned down in a shocking school shooting a day earlier, revealing at least two victims were students who helped children with special needs and a football coach who died shielding terrified teens from a hail of bullets.

The accused shooter, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, set off a fire alarm to draw students out of classrooms shortly before the day ended at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – one of the largest schools in Broward County.

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US President Donald Trump addresses the nation after deadly Florida school shooting

Addressing the nation from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, US President Donald Trump spoke "to a nation in grief."

In a short statement, President Trump spoke of the need for healing and fighting mental health problems but did not mentions guns. The shooting was the fifth deadliest in US history.

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Student who survived Florida shooting pleads with Trump and Congress: ‘Please, take action’

A student had a message for politicians Thursday, the day after he survived a mass shooting that killed 17 people and injured 15 others at his high school in a South Florida suburb.

Student David Hogg who survived school shooting looks directly in camera, sends message to Trump and lawmakers: “Please, take action.

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Florida school shooting victim hailed for shielding students from gunman

An assistant football coach was shot and killed while apparently shielding students from a gunman during Wednesday's deadly shooting at a South Florida high school.

At a press conference, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said he didn't know what specific actions Feis took during the shooting but that he knew the coach personally.

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Trump's full remarks on the high school mass shooting

President Donald Trump's remarks Thursday on the mass high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as provided by the White House.

So always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.

Florida shooting: Who are the victims?

A sports coach at a Florida high school targeted by a mass shooter on Wednesday is being hailed as a hero for shielding students from bullets.

Coach Aaron Feis was injured protecting a student in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and, at last report, is in critical condition.

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Trump says he will visit Parkland, Florida, site of high school mass shooting

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would visit Parkland, Fla., following America's latest deadly mass shooting, which left 17 dead at a high school there Wednesday.

Trump said he planned to visit Parkland to help coordinate the federal response, and would work to help the nation tackle "the difficult issue of mental health." Speaking directly to America's youth at one point during his remarks from the Diplomatic Room at the White House, Trump said, "You are never alone and never will be.

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Florida school shooter charged with 17 counts of murder

After hours of questioning by state and federal authorities, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Cruz, who had been expelled from the school for "disciplinary reasons" resulting from a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, was known for his threatening behavior among students and teachers.

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Nikolas Cruz: A portrait of suspected Florida high school gunman who shot and killed 17 people

A math teacher, Jim Gard, said Cruz was infatuated with a female student at the school “to the point of stalking her.” Gard also said he believed the school had sent out an email warning teachers that Cruz shouldn’t be allowed on campus with a backpack.

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH WHO WAS SEEN SHIELDING STUDENTS FROM GUNFIRE DIES. Shelby Speno, a former neighbor, said Cruz would shoot at their neighbor’s chickens and threw eggs at her husband’s car.

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Florida Shooting Suspect Charged With 17 Counts of Premeditated Murder

Authorities in Florida have charged the teen arrested for the mass shooting at a high school Wednesday with premeditated murder for each of the 17 people killed.

The Florida school shooting is the deadliest since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed. It is the third-deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history, after Sandy Hook and the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.

Washington Post -
Trump calls Florida shooting suspect ‘mentally disturbed,’ plans address to the nation

President Trump on Thursday called the suspect in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., “mentally disturbed” and implored the public to report erratic behavior to authorities as a way to head off such rampages. In a tweet, the president said there were “so many signs” that the suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, was suffering mental problems.

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Florida school shooting: Trump tweet points finger at mental health, silent on gun control

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday that left 17 students dead — and made no mention of growing calls for reform to gun control laws.

WATCH ABOVE: Connecticut Senator speaks of congressional inaction during active school shooting in Florida. Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy gave a powerful speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate while police were hunting for the shooter, saying that those who refuse to act to implement reforms to gun control laws are responsible for such tragedies.

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Gunman Kills 17 in Florida High School Shooting

A gunman opened fire at a South Florida high school at the end of the school day Wednesday, leaving 17 people dead and more than a dozen injured in one of the deadliest U.S. school shootings.

Appeared in the February 15, 2018, print edition as 'Gunman Kills 17 at Florida School.'. Broward County sheriff says suspect is 19-year old Nikolas Cruz, a former student who was expelled for disciplinary reasons

NBC News -
Washington is fundamentally broken when it comes to addressing mass shootings

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter. WASHINGTON — Yesterday, a teenager opened fire at Florida high school, killing 17 people — the 18th school shooting of 2018.

Among them are White House counsel Don McGahn, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah.”

Teachers 'warned' about Florida gunman

Teachers were warned in advance about the teenager who allegedly carried out a mass shooting at his former school in Florida, US media are reporting.

Reports suggest that a fire alarm at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was deliberately set off at 14:30 local time (19:30 GMT). According to reports Mr Cruz told the family he was staying with that he did not want to go to college because it was Valentine's Day.

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Florida shooting suspect charged amid questions over warning signs

Questions have emerged over whether law enforcement officials and local authorities failed to act on warning signals about the teenage gunman who killed 17 people in a Florida high school with an AR-15 assault rifle on Wednesday.

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” Trump wrote. In a tweet on Thursday morning Donald Trump made no mention of gun control, instead focusing on Cruz’s background.

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Florida school shooting suspect booked on 17 counts of 'murder premeditated'

What remained to be unraveled Thursday was what drove the teenage suspect, Nikolas Cruz, to bring his rage to a school he once attended and claim the lives of students he once called classmates — in what would become the nation’s second deadliest school shooting with a toll of at least 17 lives.

What is known about the Valentine’s Day slayings at a South Florida high school suggests the carnage was planned with chilling precision: The alleged shooter — armed with an assault-style weapon — pulled a fire alarm and waited as his victims began pouring into the halls.

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Football coach reported dead after shielding students from Florida gunman

An assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High died after risking his life to protect students from the gunman who shot and killed at least 17 people in the south Florida school, according to a message posted on the team’s Twitter account.

Aaron Feis, who doubled as a school security guard, was shot after throwing himself in front of students as the gunman opened fire Wednesday afternoon, numerous news outlets reported.

CBS News -
What did Florida school do to prepare for an active shooter?

The deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida is raising new questions about whether school and government officials are doing enough to keep students safe.

Thirty-three states, including Florida, require every school or school district to have a comprehensive safety or emergency plan. The school was reportedly planning an active shooter drill in the next few weeks, but an armed gunman chose this week to open fire and take 17 lives.

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Florida high school shooting: Suspected gunman had ‘disturbing’ social media posts, police say

The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates.

Former student opens fire at Florida high school, 17 people confirmed dead. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for “disciplinary reasons.”

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Trump says classmates, neighbors should have reported Florida gunman

President Donald Trump on Thursday said there were "many signs" the suspected shooter in the horrific attack at a high school in Parkland, Florida., was mentally disturbed and that his classmates should have reported him to authorities. "So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior," Trump tweeted, referring to 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who was charged Thursday with 17 counts of pre-meditated murder.

CBS News -
Florida student: I saw my teacher get shot in rampage

President Trump offered sympathy on Twitter, adding, "No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."

State flags in Florida are at half-staff Thursday in memory of those who died in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. At least 17 were killed in the rampage.

The Week -
How will the Trump administration grapple with America's gun violence?

After all, the most powerful gun lobbying group, the NRA, spent $30.3 million to get Trump elected, plus another $20 million to ensure he had a Republican-led Senate, and Trump remembers those who loyally stood by him.

Trump's favorite cable news personalities on Fox News spent much of Wednesday night talking about ways that America can lock down schools even tighter, with Sean Hannity cheering a proposal to federalize school security, TSA-style.

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Students, parents desperate for answers as police investigate Florida school massacre

Students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida gathered near campus late Wednesday night, hoping for updates on their friends and classmates, as police continued to investigate the mass shooting that took place a few hours earlier.

Students and parents were still close to the scene at Marjory Stoneman, a school with about 3,000 students, several hours after the shooting, waiting for updates from police.

Washington Post -
Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz: Guns, depression and a life in trouble

Cruz, she said, was selling knives out of a lunchbox, posting on Instagram about guns and killing animals, and eventually “going after one of my friends, threatening her.”

Math teacher Jim Gard, who taught Cruz last year before he was expelled from Stoneman Douglas, said that at some point during that period, the school administration sent out a note with a vague suggestion of concern, asking teachers to keep an eye on Cruz.

ABC News -
What we know so far about the Florida school shooting suspect

Authorities are scouring social media for clues to why Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, killing 17 people.

He was able to leave the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, but he was apprehended shortly thereafter. According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, investigators have already found some “disturbing” content that could have provided warning signs.

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There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year: Everytown

Everytown defines a school shooting as "any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement or school officials," according to its website.

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, had recorded 17 school shootings on their website prior to this afternoon's shooting in Parkland, Florida.

High school shooting plunges Florida city into mourning

Just before the shooting broke out, some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School thought they were having another fire drill.

Associated Press writers Freida Frisaro, Curt Anderson, Joshua Replogle and Jennifer N. Kay in Miami; Mike Balsamo in Los Angeles; and Lisa J. Adams in Atlanta, contributed to this report.

Gunman kills at least 17 people at Florida high school

A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of students fleeing into the streets in the nation's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

(Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Family member embrace following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee). Law enforcement officers block off a street following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee). Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach). Students wait to be picked up after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

CBS News -
Florida shooting: What's driving the increase in deadly school shootings?

Since 2013, the number of school shootings has steadily risen, with the sole exception being 2016, when there were only 48 -- as if that was in any way acceptable or normal.

On Jan. 23, a young gunman opened fire inside a crowded school atrium in Kentucky, killing two students and wounding 14 others. Wednesday's attack in South Florida, while shocking, is the type of tragedy we have seen too many times before.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte