17 Dead as U.S. Suffers Another School Shooting Incident in Parkland, Florida

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Another school mass shooting has hit the United States – this time, in Parkland, Florida.

According to an article by NBC News, at least 17 people were reported dead after a 19-year old gunman opened fired at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Sources added that at least 16 other victims were founded, with about five of those suffering from life-threatening injuries. The suspect, identified as Nikolas Cruz, was also injured, but was shortly released from the hospital and is currently in custody of the authorities.

Florida governor Rick Scott expressed his grief and said, “You come to the conclusion this is just absolutely pure evil.”

As reported by CNN, the event unfolded when the police responded to a report of a shooting about 3:00 PM in the afternoon, Eastern Time. The event caused the students and school staff to panic, while some confused it for drill, as a fire drill was held in the school earlier.

According to one freshman named Kayden Hanafi, he said that he first heard two gunshots, then saw people running out of the building in the school premises. He added that both he and his classmates then went inside their classroom for a lockdown. Some even thought that the gunshots were just firecrackers.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that the shooter, who was expelled by the school, used an AR-15 rifle that had multiple magazines. Investigators said that they’re currently investigating the shooter’s social media and added that it was “very, very disturbing.”

Lax Gun Laws Blamed                                

Sources said that currently, the state of Florida has one of the most relaxed gun control laws in America, as it requires no background check or even a license to purchase a gun up to a semi-automatic rifle.

These resulted in a myriad of tweets from known personalities and Democrats who have advocated stricter gun control laws.

However, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said that it’s wrong to discuss such laws in the aftermath of the tragedy, the Huffington Post reported.

“I think it’s important to know all of [the facts] before you jump to conclusions that there’s some law we could have passed that could have prevented it,” he said. “There may be, but shouldn’t we at least know the facts? I think that we can always have that debate, but … you should know the facts of that incident before you run out and prescribe some law you claim could have prevented it.”

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