What we know
- At least 17 people are dead after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
- The suspect is a former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons, Israel said.
- The suspect was identified as Nicolas Cruz, according to a U.S. official briefed on the investigation.
- The suspect is 19 years old, born in September 1998, Israel said.
- He is in custody.
- The suspect had at least one AR-15 rifle and “countless magazines.”
- Israel said the investigation is ongoing and authorities asked students to report any information they see on social media that could be relevant.
- The shooting started outside the building, where two of the victims were killed, and then moved inside.
- Two of the victims died at the hospital.
- 17 victims in total were taken to two hospitals in the Broward County health system, according to Dr. Evan Boyar.
- Three victims remain in critical condition and three are in stable condition.
- The suspect was taken to the hospital and released back to police custody.
- Parkland is about 45 miles north of Miami.
- The school is one of Florida’s largest in the county with just over 3,100 students in the 2016-2017 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
What we don’t know
- When the suspect was enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
- Where the suspect attended school after being expelled.
- Where the suspect lived.
- The identities of those killed and whether they were all students.
- How the suspect entered the building.
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