The dead included students and adults, some of whom were shot outside the school and others inside the sprawling three-story building. This shooting ranked as the second-deadliest act of gun violence ever on a U.S. public school campus. “There really are no words,” a parent said. “The shooter wore a gas mask, had smoke grenades, and he set off the fire alarm so the kids would come out of the classrooms,” Senator Bill Nelson of Florida declared.
Emergency at the scene of the shooting
It was known that Cruz was obsessed with a girl at the school. After shooting, parents rushed to a local Marriott hotel to reunite with their children who fled from the school. Seventeen patients were treated in three area hospitals, including two who died. The school will remain closed for the rest of the week. Gov. Rick Scott directed the state to lower its flags at half-staff until Monday. The killer was arrested outside, some distance from the school in an adjacent community. “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting,” President Trump wrote on Twitter.More than 40 “active shooter” episodes in schools have been recorded in the United States since 2000, according to F.B.I. and news reports.