Broward school shooting: What we know now


On Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 a little after 2:30 p.m., a fire alarm was pulled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a community in northwestern Broward County. Soon after that, shots rang out in the school.

By the time the afternoon was over, 17 people were dead. 

A former student, Nikolas Cruz, was identified by authorities as the shooter and taken into custody.

Here’s what we know at this time:

The shooting: With 17 deaths as of Thursday morning, the Douglas shooting is worse than the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. in April 1999, when 13 students died, but less than the death toll at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when 27 students died in December 2012.

PHOTOS: Mass shooting at Broward County high school

The suspect: Nikolas Jacob Cruz, 19 and a former Douglas student, is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder and appeared in a Broward County court today.

A judge ordered Cruz held without bond.

Cruz was reportedly armed with an AR-15 military style rifle and multiple magazines. 

According to Rare.us, Cruz had been flagged as a threat by Douglas administrators, had been expelled from the school and didn’t graduate because administrators had banned him from campus.

Cruz was also the focus of a YouTube video posted by a Mississippi bail bondsman, who saw that a user named “nikolas cruz” said “Im going to be a professional school shooter” in a comment.

MORE: Coverage of the Broward County high school shooting

The victims: Among the 17 who died was assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who “selflessly shielded students” from the gunman as he was shot, according to the Douglas football program’s Twitter account.

Two other school faculty memebers were killed: Scott Beigel, a geography teacher, called “the strongest person I will ever know” by a student, and Chris Hixon, the school’s athletic director.

Among the students who were killed were:

  • Meadow Pollack, whose father dialed her phone over and over Wednesday, trying to reach her.
  • Jaime Guttenberg 
  • Gina Montalto
  • Alyssa Alhadeff
  • Nicholas Dworet
  • Alaina Petty
  • Martin Duque
  • Carmen Schentrup
  • Alex Schacter
  • Luke Hoyer
  • Joaquin Oliver
  • Cara Loughran
  • Peter Wang
  • Helena Ramsay

More on these victims can be found here. 

Reaction: The shooting unsurprisingly dominated social media and national media on Wednesday, with even President Donald Trump making a statement on Twitter.

For more on the social media reaction, click here.

On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he’s “furious” over the Douglas High shooting and pledged to “have a real conversation about how we’re going to stop it.”


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