Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2008

On February 14, 2018, at around 2:20 pm EST, a shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, United States. It was near dismissal time when staff and students heard gunfire and enacted a "code red" lock down.[1] At least 17 people were killed and many others injured. Originally, 20 people were reportedly injured,[2] and the alleged shooter is in custody with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital for unknown reasons. He was transported from that hospital by the Sheriff's Office shortly thereafter.[3] The shooter was later identified by police as 19-year-old Nicolas de Jesus Cruz. He is an expelled student of the school. The weapon used was a semi-automatic rifle.

President Donald Trump tweeted "Prayers and condolences. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school".[4][5] Demonstrations and petitions toward gun control are also occur.

On October 20, 2021, Cruz pleaded guilty to all charges and apologized for his actions. Sentencing is expected in January 2022.[6][7][8][9] He could face the death penalty or life imprisonment.[10]

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  2. Elizabeth Zwirz (February 14, 2018). "Florida high school under lockdown after reports of shooter, victims, police say". Fox News. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
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  5. Trump, Donald J. (14 February 2018). "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". @realDonaldTrump. Archived from the original on 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. SPENCER, TERRY (October 20, 2021). "Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre". AP NEWS.
  7. Yang, Maya (October 20, 2021). "Parkland shooter pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder". The Guardian.
  8. Fieldstadt, Elisha (October 20, 2021). "Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder in 2018 Parkland school shooting". NBC NEWS.
  9. Wallace, Danielle (2021-10-20). "Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz addresses court after guilty plea: 'I love you'". Fox News. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  10. Lockie, Alex. "Suspect in Florida shooting could face death penalty for 17 counts of premeditated murder". Business Insider. Retrieved February 15, 2018.