The Newest: Pope sends telegram about devastating assault

The Newest on a lethal college capturing at a Florida highschool (all occasions native):

7:10 a.m.

Pope Francis is sending his condolences to the victims of the varsity capturing in Florida and praying that “such mindless acts of violence might stop.”

The Vatican says Francis despatched a telegram Thursday to the archbishop of Miami saying he was “deeply saddened” to study of the “devastating assault.”

Francis stated he was praying for the useless and wounded and people who are grieving.

A former scholar on the Parkland, Florida highschool opened hearth Wednesday with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 folks.

Francis has often lashed out at gun producers, calling them “retailers of dying.” Throughout his 2015 speech to the U.S. Congress, he known as for an finish to the arms commerce, which he stated was fueled by a quest for “cash that’s drenched in blood, usually harmless blood.”


7:05 a.m.

The 19-year-old suspect in a lethal college capturing in Florida has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated homicide.

Nikolas Jacob Cruz was booked into the Broward County Jail early Thursday, nonetheless sporting the hospital robe he was given after being handled for labored respiratory following his arrest. He was later questioned in a single day earlier than being booked into jail.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel stated Cruz was a former scholar at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, which is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. He’s accused of coming into the campus simply earlier than college was dismissed on Wednesday afternoon and opening hearth on college students and lecturers.

Officers stated one other 14 folks have been handled at space hospitals.

Cruz, who’s listed at 5-foot-7 and 131 kilos, is being held with out bond. Jail information do not record an legal professional for him.


6:55 a.m.

A sheriff stated the our bodies of 12 of the 17 victims in a mass capturing at a Florida highschool had been discovered contained in the constructing.

An announcement from Broward Sheriff Scott Israel says two different our bodies had been found outdoors Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College, one other was discovered a brief distance away alongside a neighborhood street and two others died at a hospital.

Dr. Evan Boyer, the medical director at Broward Well being North’s Division of Emergency Drugs, advised reporters that the suspect was amongst 17 sufferers taken to native hospitals after the capturing.

Capturing suspect Nikolas Cruz was initially taken by ambulance to Broward North hospital for remedy for labored respiratory after his arrest. Then he was taken to sheriff’s headquarters for questioning in a single day. He was nonetheless sporting a hospital robe when he was dropped at the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale for reserving Thursday.


6:15 a.m.

The 19-year-old suspect in a lethal rampage at a Florida highschool is being booked into jail after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities.

Tv footage confirmed Nikolas Cruz being escorted by sheriff’s deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s headquarters to the county jail in Fort Lauderdale early Thursday morning.

Seventeen folks had been killed as gunfire erupted at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College simply earlier than courses ended Wednesday afternoon.

Cruz was captured in a quiet neighborhood about two miles from the varsity. Sheriff’s officers stated in an e mail that Cruz was initially taken to a hospital for labored respiratory earlier than being questioned at sheriff’s headquarters.

Counselors are being made out there for college kids, lecturers and workers, however the college will stay closed as an investigation continues.


1:01 a.m.

Simply earlier than the capturing broke out, some college students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College thought they had been having one other hearth drill.

Such an train had pressured them to depart their lecture rooms hours earlier. So when the alarm went off Wednesday afternoon shortly earlier than they had been to be dismissed, they as soon as once more filed out into the hallways.

That is when police say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, outfitted with a fuel masks, smoke grenades and a number of magazines of ammunition, opened hearth with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 folks and sending lots of of scholars fleeing into the streets. It was the nation’s deadliest college capturing since a gunman attacked an elementary college in Newtown, Connecticut, greater than 5 years in the past.

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