Police in the district of Broward, Florida, Wednesday afternoon (14/2) confirmed that the death toll in a shooting incident at a high school in Parkland, Florida, hours earlier reached 17.
"Most the dead were found inside the school building, "Scott Israel, the Broward district Sheriff, told reporters. A number of other students were injured and still in intensive care at the hospital, although no further details have been made about this.
The police also confirmed the identity of the perpetrator as Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, age 19, the former student of the school.
"The perpetrator has been arrested and is now in custody. Based on the information we have so far received, Cruz is known to be expelled from school for disciplinary reasons, "said Scott Israel. He added that Cruz had at least one rifle and several magazines.
TIME reported Wednesday's incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida this is the 18th shooting incident across America in 2018. Citing the NGO "Everytown for Gun Safety", TIME said that for the last two months, school shootings took place in 13 states.
President Donald Trump delivered "prayers and condolences" to victims and their families via Twitter. "No student, teacher or anyone should feel insecure in American schools," cuitnya
But Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut state blamed Congress for what he called a "scourge" of school shootings. "What happens here is not a coincidence, or because of bad luck, but because of the consequences of what is not done. We are responsible for the mass atrocities committed in this country, which are incomparable anywhere, "said Murphy.
Connecticut is a state where shooting incidents at Sandy Hook primary school in 2012, killing 20 students and six teachers. [em]