Wednesday's HOT MIC
Broward County Sherrif Scott Israel just addressed the media:
According to Israel, 17 people lost their lives in the attack -- 12 in the school building, two just outside the building, one was on the street, and two at the hospital. He declined to share theories about the shooter's motive and said he didn't know if any teachers were shot.
The attack began outside the school and then moved inside, according to Israel.
He identified Nikolas Cruz as the shooter and said he is in custody and authorities are investigating his background and social media activities, which Israel called "very, very disturbing." The 19-year-old was a former student at Douglas High School and had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. He was carrying an AR-15 with "multiple magazines."
"Continue, please, to pray for these victims and these families," Israel urged.
Fox News is reporting that 16 are dead in the Florida school shooting. Many others are injured and there may yet be more fatalities. NOW is the time to pray for the victims and their families.
That would make this the ninth most deadly school massacre in history. Wikipedia:
Here is video of Nicolas Cruz, the alleged gunman, being taken into custody.
Heavy has "five fast facts" about Cruz, here.
The shooter has reportedly been transported from the hospital to the police station. Officials are still searching the school to ensure there are no explosives on the campus, apparently because of the shooter's references to bombings on social media.
A total of 14 individuals have been taken to several hospitals, but there are not yet any official reports of fatalities, although there are unofficial reports that "many" have died in the shooting.
The school shooter has been identified as Nicolas Cruz:
The former student suspected of opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland may been identified a potential threat to fellow students in the past, according to one teacher.
The 19-year-old ex-student, who has been detained by Broward police, has not been publicly identified as a suspect. But a law-enforcement source identified him as Nicolas Cruz.
“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said math teacher Jim Gard, who said Cruz had been in his class last year. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
The Broward County School District Superintendent, however, told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he did not know of any concerns raised about the student.