The deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook was captured by survivors, allegedly carried out by one of their own former classmates.
02.14.18 4:16 PM ET
PARKLAND, Florida—A gunman killed 17 people at a south Florida high school with a high-powered rifle, as students recorded the massacre on their phones.
The attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—in an affluent area about 40 miles north of Miami and one of largest schools in the state with about 3,000 students—is the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. The gunman, identified by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel as Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, opened fire with an AR-15 rifle inside and outside the school. Cruz, 19, was taken into police custody after he fled the school on foot.
Milan Parodie, 15, told The Daily Beast that students were outside when the gunfire started because the fire alarm had gone off.
“Probably about 5-7 minutes after we went outside, I heard five gunshots,” she said. “We saw someone run from the other side of the school, where the shooter was. Everyone got scared and started running away. Teachers were running, and that’s when I got scared. I’ve never seen a teacher run.”
Milan said her brother, Roman, was sheltered in a classroom during the attack.
“Someone knocked on the door and asked to be let in, and they locked the door and stayed quiet,” she said.
Roman sent Milan a video of a person shot dead inside a classroom.