President Trump To Speak To Nation About Deadly Florida High School Shooting

Police appear to take a man into custody outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland Florida on Wednesday Feb. 14 2018.               WFOR-TV

Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old junior, said Cruz was expelled last school year after a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. He certainly does not promise to strengthen gun laws. At 21, people can legally buy handguns from a licensed dealer.

Trump earlier issued a proclamation ordering flags on USA embassies, government buildings and military installations to be flown at half staff "as a mark of solemn respect" for the victims of Wednesday's school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

The AR-15 is one of the most popular semi-automatic rifles in the US.

President Donald Trump said there were "so many signs" that alleged Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz had mental health problems and that neighbors and classmates should have reported those signs to authorities.

"Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem".

The suspected gunman, identified as Nikolas Cruz, was also wounded but was released from the hospital and was in custody, an NBC News report said, quoting authorities.

In a tweet, President Trump said, "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting".

There have been 283 school shootings all over the United States since January 2013, an average of one every week, says a non-profit advocacy for gun control, Everytown for Gun Safety.

This is one of the deadliest school massacres in U.S. history where around 32 people were killed and 17 injured when a senior student Seung-Hui Cho carried out shooting in two separate attacks inside campus in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Virginia's Blacksburg.

The Broward County school district says counseling will be offered at five locations for anyone affected by Wednesday afternoon's shooting.

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Frantic parents rushed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where SWAT team members and ambulances had surrounded the campus.

Trump says the entire nation "with one heavy heart" is praying for the victims and their families. Trump said in a Thursday Twitter posting. Cruz, as a former student of the school, was obviously familiar with the school's layout, and in the above MSNBC Hardball clip, Sen.

Francis has frequently lashed out at gun manufacturers, calling them "merchants of death". "He could have killed any of us", Christine Roxburgh said.

As a high school freshman, Cruz was part of the US military-sponsored Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corp program at the school, according to Jillian Davis, 19, a recent graduate and former fellow JROTC member at Stoneman Douglas High.

He added that the school had sent out an email warning teachers about Mr Cruz's threats. He had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for "disciplinary reasons", Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. He opened fire at terrified students and teachers.

Officials said another 14 people have been treated at area hospitals.

At 5-foot-7 and 131 pounds, he was expected to make his first appearance before a judge later Thursday morning in Broward County court. Jail records don't list an attorney for him. School security guard and assistant football coach, Aaron Feis, was also pronounced dead after he bravely stepped in front of bullets to protect students as Nikolas Cruz opened fire. Then he was taken to sheriff's headquarters for questioning overnight.

As Merchant talked about the shooting, less than three hours after it occurred, her little brother was still in lockdown at nearby Coral Springs Middle School. Cruz is now in custody at the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect reportedly fled school grounds, and was able to escape by blending in with other students who were running to safety. He told them he didn't, and they left.

As investigators search through the home where Cruz lived, new details are emerging about the 19-year-old's unsettled past.

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