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Law enforcement officials said on Thursday that nearly 17 people including students were killed after a former student Nicolas Cruz opened fire at a Florida high school. Reports have not confirmed the number of victim students.
Cruz, 19 has been taken into custody who was a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where the shooting took place. The FBI is assisting local officials in the investigation.
"We already began to dissect his websites and social media that Nicolas Cruz was on... Some of the things that come to mind are very, very disturbing. We have taken him in custody," Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters at a news conference in Florida.
Israel said Cruz got expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons and the accused had countless magazines, he added.
"At this point, we believe he had one AR-15 rifle. I don't know if he had a second one," the sheriff said in response to a question. The suspect was treated and released to the police.
The student, a ninth grader, sustained minor injuries as he was hit by splinters. He is being treated at a hospital.
"This is a sad day for the country and the community. We all Indian-Americans are praying for the victims," Shekar Reddy, whose friend's son was among those injured in the mass shooting, told PTI.
Authorities said several victims were being treated in the hospital. Three of them are in critical conditions and another three in stable condition.
"My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school," President Donald Trump said in a tweet.
He spoke with the Florida Governor and other top officials and was seeking frequent updates on the tragic incident.
(With agency inputs)