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), an alumnus has opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School leaving a trail of blood and fright with at least 17 dead, as reported by police Local. An indeterminate number of injured people have been transferred to hospitals in area. The massacre already exceeds that of Columbine Institute (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. According to Associated Press agency, person responsible for massacre is young Nicholas Cruz, 18 and expelled from Stoneman Douglas. The attacker shot in and out of Institute – where he started his massacre – with an AR-15 rifle and was prepared with numerous chargers. He was arrested outside center, a few hundred yards away. Local media indicate that Cruz had raised fears in Institute for his threats to or students – to extent that he would have been banned from entering center with a backpack. Footage of arrest shows suspect, wearing a red shirt, trousers and black boots, being immobilized on street by police officers.
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. 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.
The White House has reported that President Donald Trump has been informed of event. "We're following situation. Our condolences and prayers are with those affected. " Minutes later president has reacted on Twitter: "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.