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Family That Took In Parkland Shooter Got Him Therapy, Defends Letting Him Keep AR-15

After last week’s school shooting in Parkland that killed 17 people, a lot of focus has fallen on the home where the confessed shooter was living. WLRN spoke with the father of that family about the young man’s mental health issues – and about issues of gun ownership. It’s still a mystery why Nikolas Cruz allegedly took his AR-15 assault rifle to MarjoryStoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last Wednesday and shot 32 people, killing 17 teens and adults. The 19-year-old was expelled from...

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More than a dozen advocacy groups issued a warning about traveling in Florida on Wednesday, saying immigration arrests there have soared more rapidly in the past year than in any other area of the country.

At a press conference Thursday, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said he wants to see legislation that would allow law enforcement to involuntarily detain an individual due to alarming social media post content — without evidence of a credible threat.

That request comes a day after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland killing 17 people. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student, has been charged with 17 counts of murder.

When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, the 17 dead included students and school workers, young and old. Here is a look the 17 confirmed dead by authorities in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

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Assistant football coach Aaron Feis was shot to death while selflessly shielding students from bullets. A tweet from the school football program ended: "He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories."

The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation's deadliest school shootings and concealing extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff's department report released Thursday.

Nikolas Cruz told investigators that he shot students in the hallways and on the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, north of Miami, the report from the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.

As students, staff and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland gathered to grieve and comfort one another Thursday, the former student accused of killing 17 people was charged with murder and had his first appearance in court.

No bail was allowed for Nikolas Cruz, 19.

A Broward County Sheriff's Office report says Cruz confessed to being the shooter at the school.

According to the report, Cruz told interrogating officers that he "began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds" Wednesday. 

Updated Feb. 16

The 19-year-old man who’s confessed to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people on Wednesday left a violent social media footprint. But the teens and adults who might have stopped him say they weren’t aware.

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OK. We now have the names of all 17 victims who died in the shooting at a Florida high school this week. Here they are.

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This morning, schools across the country and here in Southwest Florida were evaluating if they would have been prepared if tragedy were to strike their campus.  

 


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Lee County Schools held a press conference Thursday, one day after a mass shooting in a Broward County school.

Seventeen students and adults were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Lee County School Superintendent Greg Adkins said the district is now considering an increase in school resource officers on middle and high school campuses as schools get more students

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