Parkland high school shooting

2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, USA

On February 14, 2018, at 2:21 PM EST, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was near dismissal time when staff and students heard gunfire and enacted a "code red" lock down.[1] At least 17 people were killed and many others injured. Originally, 20 people were reportedly injured,[2] and the shooter was in custody with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Parkland high school shooting
Part of mass shootings in the United States
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2008
Florida, United States
DateFebruary 14, 2018; 6 years ago (2018-02-14)
Attack type
School shooting, mass shooting,
WeaponsAR-15 style rifle
PerpetratorNikolas Cruz

The suspect was transported to a local hospital for unknown reasons. He was transported from that hospital by the Sheriff's Office shortly thereafter.[3] The shooter was later identified by police as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who was previously expelled from the school. The weapon used was a semi-automatic rifle.

President Donald Trump tweeted "Prayers and condolences. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school".[4][5] Demonstrations and petitions toward gun control were in effect, following the shooting.

On October 20, 2021, Cruz pleaded guilty to all charges and apologized for his actions. Sentencing was expected in January 2022,[6][7][8][9] but it was delayed many times partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trial started on July 18, 2022.[10] On November 2, 2022, Cruz was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.[11]

Victims change

  • Alyssa Alhadeff, 14
  • Scott Beigel, 35
  • Martin Duque, 14
  • Nicholas Dworet, 17
  • Aaron Feis, 37
  • Jaime Guttenberg, 14
  • Chris Hixon, 49
  • Luke Hoyer, 15
  • Cara Loughran, 14
  • Gina Montalto, 14
  • Joaquin Oliver, 17
  • Alaina Petty, 14
  • Meadow Pollack, 18
  • Helena Ramsay, 17
  • Alex Schachter, 14
  • Carmen Schentrup, 16
  • Peter Wang, 15

References change

  1. Fleshler, David; Chokey, Aric; Huriash, Lisa J.; Trischitta, Linda (February 14, 2018). "Multiple deaths in South Florida high school shooting". Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  2. Elizabeth Zwirz (February 14, 2018). "Florida high school under lockdown after reports of shooter, victims, police say". Fox News. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  3. Shapiro, Emily (February 14, 2018). "Police respond to shooting at Florida high school, suspect at large". Yahoo! News. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  4. Schwartz, Rafi (February 14, 2018). "At Least One Dead, Dozens Injured In Florida High School Shooting (DEVELOPING)". Splinter News. Splinter. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  5. Trump, Donald J. (14 February 2018). "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school". @realDonaldTrump. Archived from the original on 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. SPENCER, TERRY (October 20, 2021). "Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre". AP NEWS.
  7. Yang, Maya (October 20, 2021). "Parkland shooter pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder". The Guardian.
  8. Fieldstadt, Elisha (October 20, 2021). "Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder in 2018 Parkland school shooting". NBC NEWS.
  9. Wallace, Danielle (2021-10-20). "Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz addresses court after guilty plea: 'I love you'". Fox News. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  10. Spencer, Terry (July 18, 2022). "Prosecutor recalls coldness, cruelty of Parkland gunman". Associated Press. Retrieved January 3, 2024.
  11. Spencer, Terry (November 2, 2022). "Parkland school killer formally sentenced to life in prison". Associated Press. Retrieved January 3, 2024.