It has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the entire world watching the results of a tragic school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkdale, Florida that took 17 lives. The 18th school shooting in the U.S this year alone is the deadliest the country has seen in five years and came at the hands of a 19-year-old and a AR-15 rifle who is now in custody.
While Florida police are understandably keeping many details under wraps, they have released several details to the media. The shooter was an ex-student named Nikolas Cruz. He had been suspended from the high school last year after getting into a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. The ex claiming that Cruz had been abusive. Neighbours of Cruz claimed he seemed to have been on a downward spiral ever since his mother died, leaving him orphaned.
After Cruz's mother died of pneumonia, he was cared for by a family friend until he moved in with a different friend's family. They told the police that Cruz owned the AR-15 throughout living there but they made him keep it in a locked cabinet, though he did have his own key.
The tragic events began after Cruz entered the school and set off a fire alarm. Students came pouring out of the classroom and that is when the massacre began. When other students who hadn't left their classrooms heard gunshots, they began locking classroom doors, turning the lights off and hiding under desks and chairs.
"Footage taken from the shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the footage you can hear the shooter attempting to gain access to the classroom by shooting through the door. You can also see some of the bullet holes at the end of the video"
Since then shocking footage from students themselves who were able to capture video of their experience via their phones has gone viral. As of now, Donald Trump is scheduled to make an address to the public today though he had gone on Twitter yesterday at the time the rest of the world was reacting to the tragic events:
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.
Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.