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Suspect in Florida school shootings faces 17 counts of premeditated murder

Suspect in Florida school shootings faces 17 counts of premeditated murder
Courtesy/Nikolas Cruz booking mugshot, Feb. 14, 2008. (Broward County Sheriff)

President Donald Trump said the nation is “joined together as one American family” after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.  In a national address from the White House on Thursday, Trump said he wanted to speak directly to America’s children, saying “you are never alone, and you never will be.” He said no child should have to go to school fearing for their lives. Trump said he’ll travel to Florida meet with victims’ families, explore how to better secure schools and    “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”   He did not mention guns or gun control.  Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the Wednesday afternoon shooting in Parkland, Florida.

A Florida sheriff says there was an armed officer on campus at the time of a deadly high school shooting. But Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday the officer never encountered the suspect during the  Wednesday afternoon attack that killed 17 people.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll sit down with state leaders and work on how they can make sure people with mental illness aren’t able to get guns.  Scott spoke Thursday a day after the shooting. He said leaders will look at how they can make sure something like that never happens again.  FBI agent Rob Lasky says the FBI investigated a 2017 YouTube comment that said “I’m going to be a professional school shooter”; but the  agency couldn’t identify the person making the comment.

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