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A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The shooter, who was equipped with a gas mask and smoke grenades, opener fire on one of the state’s largest schools, officials said.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday morning with 17 counts of murder. Authorities have offered no immediate details on any possible motive, except to say that Cruz had been kicked out of the school, which has about 3,000 students.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the suspect was expelled from the school “for disciplinary reasons,” and that Cruz had an AR-15 and multiple magazines in his possession.

Broward County Schools superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters on Thursday that Cruz did not set off the school’s fire alarms as originally thought – instead, it was the powder and smoke from the guns that set them off. Read More …

 

 

A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooter, who was equipped with a gas mask and smoke grenades, opener fire on one of the state’s largest schools, officials said. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday morning with 17 counts of murder. Authorities have offered no immediate details on any possible motive, except to say that Cruz had been kicked out of the school, which has about 3,000 students. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the suspect was expelled from the school “for disciplinary reasons,” and that Cruz had an AR-15 and multiple magazines in his possession.