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17 killed in Florida school shooting

Parkland (APP): A former student at a Florida high school opened fire in the institute on Wednesday, causing “numerous fatalities” and wounding at least 50 before he was arrested by police, authorities said.

At least 17 people were reported dead, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  about 72 kilometers  north of Miami  with dozens of police and emergency officials surrounding the building as hundreds of panicked students fled towards the streets.

Nikolaus Cruz, 19, the gunman, surrendered to police quietly, Israel added. He had used an AR-15 rifle.

“There was a time when he did attend the school,” Israel said. “I don’t know why he left, I don’t know when he left.”

A teacher at the school said Cruz had been identified previously as a potential threat to his classmates.

“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” math teacher Jim Gard said in a Miami Herald interview.

“There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

Cruz was also said to have been in the Junior ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program while at school.