- FOTOGALERÍAEl Shootout, in images
- From Columbine to Parkland, massacres perpetrated at U.S. institutes
- "At first we thought it was a mock shooting"
The United States has lived on Wednesday, February 14, Valentine's Day, last nightmare of its unstoppable chain of massacres with firearms. In quiet village of Parkland (30,000 inhabitants), an hour's drive northwest of Miami (Florida), a former student expelled for indiscipline has opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School leaving a trail of blood and fright with at least 17 dead and 15 wounded, as reported by local police. The massacre surpasses that of Columbine (1999) where re were 15 dead including two teen shooters, students of center.
The bullets started ringing past two o'clock in afternoon local time. About an hour and a half later, Broward County sheriff, where Parkland is located, reported that shooter had been detained and transferred by ambulance to a hospital. The person responsible for massacre is young Nikolas Cruz, 19 years old and expelled from Stoneman Douglas a year ago. Pentagon sources quoted by Agence France Presse have ensured that it had undertaken a junior military training program.
The attacker shot in and out of Institute – where he started his massacre – with an AR-15 rifle and was prepared with numerous chargers. According to Senator Bill Nelson, Cruz triggered fire alarm and, plugged with a mask, was throwing smoke bombs and riddling people who were finding mselves in midst of fog that caused.
Daniel Journey was in music class rehearsing with bassoon, his musical instrument of wind, when y heard an alarm. "We thought it was a fire drill, we stopped playing and went out into hallway. But y immediately yelled at us to sock inside room again. Then we thought it was a mock-up of gunfire. Or students came in. We were about 70, all picked up towards end of classroom. We were about 20 minutes re, still thinking it was a drill. Until a colleague showed us his phone and we saw that y were killing people at school. That's where screaming started. " Daniel, 18, tall and spiked, explained at nine o'clock at night in vicinity of Stoneman Douglas Institute The experience of terror he had experienced in his own flesh hours before.
The murderer killed 12 people inside school, two in outer precinct and one in a nearby street. Two ors died in hospital. Cruz, a young man described as solitary and obsessed with firearms and knives, was arrested outside center, a few hundred yards away. Local media indicate that expelled former pupil had aroused fears in Institute for his threats to or students – to extent that he would have been banned from entering center with a backpack. Now he went to anor Broward institute. Images of arrest show him wearing a red shirt, trousers and black boots, being immobilized on street by police officers.
According to testimonies of students and a teacher of center collected by local media, Nikolas Cruz had been expedientado several times for its problematic behavior. Although in classroom was quiet and respectful, in social life of school was seen as an outcast boy who presumed to have weapons. Among students was commented that if one day re was a shooter in Stoneman Douglas, that would be Nikolas Cruz. "Many had said so," a student told a radio Prefiró not to give his name. "Everybody had foreseen it."
When shooting started, school was close to finishing its academic day. The Stoneman Douglas Institute has about 3,200 students. It is one of busiest in Broward County, a wealthy urban area in Miami metropolitan area. "It's a terrible situation, a horrible day for us," said County school director Robert Runcie.
Immediately after shooting school activated its red emergency code and a multitude of local and federal agents came to scene. The chase to shooter lasted over an hour. The authorities established a security perimeter and prevented students ' relatives from approaching risk area, which was overflown by helicopters. In images of local television, dozens of students came out of high school with ir hands up and in a row, escorted by agents armed with semi-automatic weapons and bulletproof vests. An indeterminate number of students and teachers were trapped inside school and received orders from police to entrench mselves where y were, locked in classrooms and guarecidos under desks, until agents arrived to assist m.
My prayers and condolences to families of victims of terrible Florida shooting. No Child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Recordings of interior of center disseminated by social networks show scenes of panic and cries amid explosive sound of blasts of high caliber shots and a solitary computer, on a study table, crossed by projectiles. In a video that has accessed Miami Herald is a body lying in middle of a pool of blood and students leaving room crying and saying, "My God, my God," with police trying to calm m and get m out as soon as possible : "Come on, come on, come on."
This Wednesday night authorities had not published identities of fatalities and were still trying to confirm those of five of m.
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, from Columbine massacre in 1999 to 2016, re had been half a hundred attacks or attempted firearm attacks in US schools that left 141 dead. Including Parkland shootout, in first month and a half of this year 18 firearms incidents have been recorded in teaching centers.
On January 6, 2017, a little over a year ago, a shooter, Esteban Santiago Ruiz, killed five people and injured six ors at airport in city of Fort Lauderdale, less than an hour's drive from Stoneman Douglas High School.