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UPDATE: School shooting suspect booked into jail, faces 17 murder charges

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- ABC Local 10 in south Florida reports the suspected shooter who killed 17 people at a school Wednesday has arrived at the Broward County Jail.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was seen arriving at the jail in Fort Lauderdale shortly before 6:00 a.m. local time Thursday (5:00 a.m. CT). 

Cruz had been treated at Broward Health North before he was released back to police. 

Meanwhile, a doctor tells ABC Local 10 17 patients were taken to area hospitals, including nine to Broward Health North, seven to Broward Health Medical Center and one to Broward Health Coral Springs.

Authorities say Cruz used an AR-15 rifle in the shooting and had multiple magazines. He faces 17 counts of pre-meditated murder.

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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on the deadly shooting at a Florida high school (all times local):
   9:30 p.m.
   Florida Gov. Rick Scott has joined law enforcement agents near the site of the deadly school shooting and offered his condolences to the victims' families and survivors. He says the attack that claimed at least 17 lives "is just absolutely pure evil."
   Scott told reporters Wednesday evening he can't imagine what the families of the victims are going through. He also said he would be visiting hospitalized survivors.
   Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County also said at the news conference that families of the dead are being notified. He says 12 of the dead have been identified. He says not all victims were carrying identification and thus couldn't be quickly identified.
   Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the state will cover funeral expenses for the victims and counseling for survivors.
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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says 17 people are now dead after the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Israel says 12 people died inside the school and two others died outside the building. Another victim was found dead on the street. Two others died at the hospital. The sheriff says the dead are a mixture of students and adults.

Sheriff Israel says the suspect had an AR-15 rifle and numerous magazines.

At this point, the motive is still unknown.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- At least 15 people are dead following shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, law enforcement officers on the scene have told ABC News.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says there are multiple fatalities as well as 14 injured who have been transported to area hospitals.

The shooting suspect is an 18-year-old former student at the South Florida school where the shooting erupted, Israel said.

He says the teen was arrested without incident after he was located off the school grounds in a nearby community. He didn't give details of when the suspect had attended the school. But the sheriffs says the suspect wasn't currently enrolled.

"I don't know why he left," Israel said, briefing reporters Wednesday afternoon.

He also says the shooter was outside and inside the school at points during the attack. He didn't elaborate.

The sheriff says several SWAT teams have gone in during the afternoon and are clearing every building at the Parkland high school complex to ensure no other threat remains.

He also says the FBI has stepped in and will begin processing what he describes as "horrific scene."

Said the sheriff: "This is a terrible day ... This is catastrophic."


 

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