An armed individual opened the fire on Wednesday in a high school in Florida, killing 17 people and injuring dozens, according to the US media agencies.
The gunman was arrested by the police after dozens of minutes of searches, during which hundreds of students evacuated the school, while others remained barricaded in classrooms hiding under desks.
17 were killed and up to 50 were injured
The armed attack took place shortly before the school day’s end at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The high school director Robert Runcie announced at evening that “many deaths were recorded”.
17 people were killed by the lone gunman, 12 inside the school, 2 right outside the school, 1 on the street, and other 2 died at the hospital.
The firefighters and the medical personnel have reported between 20 and 50 injured.
The gunman was an expelled student
The attacker, which was identified as Nikolaus Cruz, 19, an expelled high school student, entered the school armed with a Colt AR-15 Carabine and opened the fire.
“We did not receive any warning, no indication,” admitted director Robert Runcie.
“A thorough investigation will be carried out. In such situations, there may have been signals (…) As far as we know, no threat has been prompted,” he added.
“A fire alarm sounded, and we all thought it was an exercise, because we had a false fire alarm, and then we did not take it seriously, and then we heard gunfire on the other side of the school,” told a student.
A real deployment of forces
The local televisions broadcasts showed several dozen people coming out of the high school with their hands in the air or crossed at the back of the neck.
Ambulances, firefighters, numerous police cars, and several armored vehicles of the police’s special intervention group were parked near the high school after they’ve been alerted about the Florida school shooting.