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Photos From Florida High School Shooting That Killed 17 And Injured 50 More

At least 17 students at a Florida high school were killed after a gunman opened fire on them with an automatic rifle, in one of the deadliest school shootings on record in the US. 

Officials said another 50 were injured at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the small city of Parkland, around 45 miles north of Miami. 

The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, who was arrested after a brief manhunt. 

Mr Cruz had been expelled for “disciplinary reasons”, while teachers said they had previously been warned that he could pose a danger to the campus.

Just as classes were being sent home for the day, police say Mr Cruz began spraying bullets into the high school hallway. 

Authorities said Mr Cruz carried “countless magazines” and an AR-15 rifle.

Florida senator Bill Nelson, who claimed to have been briefed by the FBI on the issue, said the shooter wore a gas mask and carried smoke grenades.

He also said that the fire alarm had been set off so that his victims would pour out into the hall.

Staff and students walked single file outside the school as they evacuated after the shooting.

Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

Parents hug their children near the school after the shooting broke out on Wednesday afternoon.


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