High school shooting at Marjorie Stonemason Douglas High School

America’s Latest Victim: Parkland, Florida


A heavily armed gunman killed at least 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, marking the 18th U.S. school shooting since the beginning of the year.

Authorities have identified the shooter as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who was expelled over disciplinary issues. Cruz, who has been formally charged with 17 counts of murder, reportedly escaped by concealing himself with hundreds of students fleeing the building.

Amid the chaos, students and teachers took shelter in classrooms, texting loved ones who were desperate for news from inside. Sarah Crescitelli, a freshman who took cover in a storage room texted her mother, “If I don’t make it, I love you and I appreciate everything you did for me.”

Police officers led students out of the school after the shooting on Wednesday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Police officers led students out of the school after the shooting on Wednesday. Students were gathered together outside the school following the tragic event. MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AFP/Getty Images Students were gathered together outside the school following the tragic event. Relieved families reunited outside of the school. Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images Relieved families reunited outside of the school. Parents and children embraced after leaving the hotel where witnesses were held. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images Parents and children embraced after leaving the hotel where witnesses were held. Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke to the media at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, telling reporters, “I don’t know what to say to everybody other than the fact that we live in a state that people love each other and care about each other. This is tragic. It makes you mad.” Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke to the media at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, telling reporters, “I don’t know what to say to everybody other than the fact that we live in a state that people love each other and care about each other. This is tragic. It makes you mad.” Today, Florida and the rest of the country are in a state of mourning. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will remain closed for the rest of the week. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Today, Florida and the rest of the country are in a state of mourning. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will remain closed for the rest of the week.