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#UPDATES: Shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida - 14 Feb 2018

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by Kimster, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Funerals held Tuesday for 4 victims killed in Parkland school shooting

    Funerals were held Tuesday for four victims killed in the Parkland school shooting -- Cara Loughran, Carmen Schentrup, Gina Montalto and Peter Wang.

    Gina's funeral was held at Mary Help of Christian Catholic Church in Parkland, Carmen's funeral was held at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Coral Springs and Cara's funeral was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Coral Springs.
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  2. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    Stoneman Douglas High to resume classes on 'modified schedule,' principal says

    Students and their families received a message from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thompson on Monday notifying them of updates at the school.

    In the robocall, Thompson said the school will hold a campus orientation to which all students, parents and families are invited on Feb. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. He said a variety of support services will be available to those in need.

    "I know that many of us are in different phases of the grieving process, but a huge part of the healing process involves bringing our Eagle family back together," he said.

    Thompson said the goal is to resume classes on a modified schedule beginning Feb. 27, but did not go into detail on what those modifications would be.
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  3. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    February 20, 2018, 3:00 PM
    U.S. Army awards heroism medals to junior cadets killed in Florida shooting

    The U.S. Army is awarding its Medal of Heroism to three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) cadets killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, an Army spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque were all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the deadly attack unfolded.

    The Army awards the Medal of Heroism to JROTC cadets who perform "acts of heroism."

    "The achievement must be an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances," the Army said in a statement. "The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage."

    Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-arm...hooting-alaina-petty-peter-wang-martin-duque/
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  4. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    U.S. Army awards Medal of Heroism to 3 slain Florida students
    By Susan McFarland | Feb. 20, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    One of USMA's priorities is to develop leaders of character who are committed to the values of Duty, Honor & Country. Peter Wang's actions on February 14 are an example of those principles & the academy honors his dream of being a West Point cadet with a 2025 letter of acceptancepic.twitter.com/fycvJBhte8

    — US Military Academy (@WestPoint_USMA) February 20, 2018
    "The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second "keepsake" medal will be given to the family," Maddox said. "The immediate focus right now is on supporting the funerals with dignity and honor, so deserved by these cadets and their families."

    Read more: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/201...sm-to-3-slain-Florida-students/1541519152660/
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  5. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

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  6. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Cops let alleged Florida shooter off the hook over gun threat

    Local authorities were warned two and a half months prior to the massacre in a Florida high school that accused shooter Nikolas Cruz had “used a gun against people before,” according to a disturbing new report.

    The chilling details on Cruz’s troubled past were revealed in 911 records obtained by CNN.

    Cruz, 19, began acting violent shortly after he and his younger brother, Zachary, moved into neighbor Rocxanne Deschamps’ trailer home following their mother’s death in November.

    Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies were called to the trailer three times in less than a week — for a report of a weapon and a fight between Cruz and Deschamps’ 22-year-old son, Rock.

    The day before Thanksgiving, Rock called 911 to report that he believed Cruz, whom he described as an “adopted 19-year-old son,” had hidden a “gun in the back yard,” according to the 911 dispatcher’s notes.

    Rock told authorities “there were no weapons allowed in the household,” the report said.

    It’s unclear whether a search of the property in Lantana was conducted and the call was classified as “domestic unfounded.”

    Four days later, Cruz erupted into rage after losing a photo of his dead mom and began punching walls.

    He then started fighting with Rock — and left the home.

    Rocxanne called 911, telling the dispatcher that Cruz said “he was going to get his gun and come back” and that he’d “bought a gun from Dick’s last week and is now going to pick it up.”

    read more ................ https://nypost.com/2018/02/22/cops-let-alleged-florida-shooter-off-the-hook-over-gun-threat/
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    From the reports, it appears the killer is full of rage. This wasn't the family who reported not having any problems with him at all, was it?
  8. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    I don't think so Kimster.
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I wasn't sure. IIRC, he wasn't with the current family for very long. They might have seen some of his aggression after awhile.
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  10. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    I saw a bit of the townhall last night on CNN.
    I'm curious?????????? The sheriff was trying to justify this kid falling through the cracks after 38 or 39 contacts. He said some of them were from out of state. No one followed up on that statement. ............. ??????????????

    He's reported even from other states and they still don't do anything.


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  11. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    'He Never Went In': BSO Suspends Officer Who Was at Parkland Shooting

    Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Thursday said he has suspended without pay the school resource officer who was at the Parkland school where 17 people were shot dead.

    Israel said school resource officer Scot Peterson took a position outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but "never went in" as the onslaught occurred, citing security footage.

    "In the case of Scot Peterson, our school resource deputy, I want to clarify any rumors, conjecture or stories that may have been out there," Israel said.

    Israel said Peterson was "absolutely on campus," adding that he was armed and in uniform during the shooting.
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  12. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    Hero Coach Killed in Parkland School Tragedy Honored at Emotional Funeral
    In front of over 1,000 people inside one of South Florida's largest churches, a mixture of laugther, cheers and motivation was present at the funeral for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football coach described as a hero for his actions to protect students during last Wednesday's mass shooting.

    Family and friends, including Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, gave their memories of Aaron Feis during the ceremony inside of Church by the Glades in Coral Springs Thursday.

    "He always put students and co-workers (first) and let them know he mattered to them," said one of his brothers, Michael, who was joined by another brother Ray, sister Johanna and father Louis. "All because that's Aaron."

    Louis Feis read a letter sent from a woman in Washington who wrote him following the tragic events, praising the bravery of his son.

    The 37-year-old, who graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 1999, worked school security and coached since 2002, working mainly with the Eagles’ junior varsity team.

    "Aaron Feis has been a hero to many people for a long time," said Mike Virden, a one time head coach at Douglas who worked closely with Feis. "The beauty of today, and the beauty of February 14th, is that the whole world gets to know that now."
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  13. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    After days hospitalized, school shooting survivor says gun control is needed
    Samantha Fuentes says she saw killer's face during fatal school shooting

    - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Samantha Fuentes has shrapnel lodged behind the lobe of her right eye and bullet fragments in both legs. She has stitches on her face and a bruise around her eye.

    The 18-year-old senior was inside building 12's classroom 1214 when Nikolas Cruz, who reportedly confessed to the murders, started to fire his AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle at classrooms 1215 and 1216. He moved on to her classroom next.

    Fuentes said the Feb. 14 shooting interrupted a conversation about hate groups and the history of the Holocaust. She said she was able to identify Nikolas as he aimed a weapon authorities say he was able to purchase legally when he was 18 years old.

    "He never entered the classroom. He put the barrel through the window and started spraying the room," said Fuentes, a cadet with the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. "And when he started doing that, I threw myself to the floor and started crawling on my knees trying to cover my head."
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  14. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Loved ones attend funerals of Chris Hixon, Nicholas Dworet
    Athletic director, senior swimmer latest Parkland shooting victims laid to rest

    Loved ones are attending funerals Wednesday for Chris Hixon and Nicholas Dworet, two of the 17 people killed last week in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    Hixon was the athletic director at the school in Parkland and is remembered by his family and students as a hero, who died trying to protect his students.

    Debbie Hixon said her family is overwhelmed with the support they have received since her husband's death.

    "We are so blessed," she said. "In such an unfortunate and horrendous situation, that love comes out of it and we do feel the love. We may not answer every text or call or the Facebook thing, but we are feeling the love and it's helping. It really is helping."

    The Hixons' son, Tom Hixon, said his father would have done anything to help the accused gunman had he only asked.

    "If he had just sat down, spent an hour with my dad, he would have never done this because by dad would have talked to him, helped guide him, helped get his life sorted out," Tom Hixon said.

    Chris Hixon served in the military in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and will be buried with full military honors at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth.

    Dworet's funeral was held from 10 a.m. to noon at Serenity Funeral Home in North Lauderdale.

    A public memorial was held at 5 p.m. at the Parkland Golf and Country Club.

    Before he was killed, the high school senior was looking forward to being a member of the University of Indianapolis' swimming team.

    Dworet ranked 64th in the state, and a month before his death, he won first place at a 100 Y Free event at the Aquatics Naples Open.

    Those who knew Nicholas through TS Aquatics, where he was a beloved team captain known as "Swim Daddy," said they loved his positive attitude and good sense of humor.

    "He was an amazing person, as well as a great swimmer. A happy, young man who embodied the values of our program. A young man who had changed his life recently and was on a major upswing in his life," a post on TS Aquatics Facebook page read.

    Nicholas's younger brother was injured in the shooting and is recovering from his injuries.
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  15. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

  16. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Jake Tapper shares some info that would have been nice to have had BEFORE CNN’s town hall

    CNN’s town hall Wednesday night was a “show trial” in the words of Ben Shapiro, and despite the presence of moderator Jake Tapper, it played out like a tag-team match featuring Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch vs. every other person in the venue.

    Thursday night, just 24 hours after a crowd jeered Loesch and called her a murderer while cheering on Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, Tapper tweeted some updates to the Stoneman Douglas story that would have been nice to have been addressed in public Wednesday.

    [​IMG]Jake Tapper


    This is horrific. “In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz ‘could be a school shooter in the making’ but deputies did not write up a report on that warning. It came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons.” https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/966853104179273729 …

    5:54 PM - Feb 22, 2018

    [​IMG]Jake Tapper


    More: ”Two years ago, according to a newly released timeline of interactions with Cruz’s family, a deputy investigated a report that Cruz ‘planned to shoot up the school’ – intelligence that was forwarded to the school’s resource officer, with no apparent result.” https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/966853645441667072 …

    5:54 PM - Feb 22, 2018
    read more ........ https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/201...-been-nice-to-have-had-before-cnns-town-hall/
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  17. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    'School shooter in the making': All the times authorities were warned about Nikolas Cruz

    MIAMI - Nikolas Cruz's dangerous and disturbing behavior was flagged repeatedly to authorities, both local and federal, over a span of two years starting in February 2016. But no one stopped him before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Here's a time line of incidents where Cruz was reported to law enforcement. Many of the incidents involve the threat of a school shooting.

    - Feb. 5, 2016: A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy is told by an anonymous caller that Nikolas Cruz, then 17, had threatened on Instagram to shoot up his school and posted a photo of himself with guns. The information is forwarded to BSO Deputy Scot Peterson, a school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    - Sept. 23, 2016: A "peer counselor" reports to Peterson that Cruz had possibly ingested gasoline in a suicide attempt, was cutting himself and wanted to buy a gun. A mental health counselor advises against involuntary committing Cruz. The high school says it will conduct a threat assessment.

    - Sept. 28, 2016: An investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Families rules Cruz is stable, despite "fresh cuts" on his arms. His mother, Lynda Cruz, says in the past he wrote a racial slur against African-Americans on his book bag and had recently talked of buying firearms.

    - Sept. 24, 2017: A YouTube user named "nikolas cruz" posts a comment stating he wants to become a "professional school shooter." The comment is reported to the FBI in Mississippi, which fails to make the connection to Cruz in South Florida.

    - Nov. 1, 2017: Katherine Blaine, Lynda Cruz's cousin, calls BSO to report that Nikolas Cruz had weapons and asks that police recover them. A "close family friend" agrees to take the firearms, according to BSO.

    - Nov. 29, 2017: The Palm Beach County family that took in Cruz after the death of his mother calls the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office to report a fight between him and their son, 22. A member of the family says Cruz had threatened to "get his gun and come back" and that he has "put the gun to others' heads in the past." The family does not want him arrested once he calms down.

    - Nov. 30, 2017: A caller from Massachusetts calls BSO to report that Cruz is collecting guns and knives and could be a "school shooter in the making." A BSO deputy advises the caller to contact the Palm Beach sheriff.

    - Jan. 5, 2018: A caller to the FBI's tip line reports that Cruz has "a desire to kill people" and could potentially conduct a school shooting. The information is never passed on to the FBI's office in Miami.

    - Feb. 14, 2018: Nikolas Cruz attacks Stoneman Douglas High. Peterson, the school's resource officer, draws his gun outside the building where Cruz is shooting students and staff. He does not enter.
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  18. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Teachers return to Stoneman Douglas today for first time since shooting

    Teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas were returning to their campus today, the first time since a gunman’s rampage killed 17 people.

    They aren’t teaching students or worrying about lesson plans. District officials say this optional work day is to meant to provide any support and counseling they need. A breakfast is also planned.

    Only those with official school credentials were being allowed on the school campus Friday morning.

    Yellow crime scene tape remained wrapped around the school's monument sign as well as the smaller directional sign on the campus perimeter.

    Police cruisers blocked most of the entrances, allowing only a car-width space. Police at the entrance asked to see only Broward County School identification.

    A school staff member who declined to give her name stood alongside deputies greeting each car coming through the entrance.

    "Good morning, I love you,” she called. "Thank you for being here"
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  19. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    'Communication failure' led to 20-minute delay in school shooting video, chief says
    Poor communication — not a technical problem — left police trying to track the Parkland school shooter on video surveillance when he had already left the building, the Coral Springs police chief said Thursday.

    Police searching for Nikolas Cruz desperately needed to know where he was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, as students cowered behind locked doors. But their colleagues looking at security monitors in another building fed them wrong information because they didn’t realize — or didn’t convey — that they were watching a recording rather than a live feed, Chief Tony Pustizzi said.

    The “communication failure” led police to believe they were tracking the shooter in real time, when in fact they were seeing footage from 20 minutes earlier, the chief said.

    Cruz had already killed 17 and fled.
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  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Unreal. It seems like everything that was supposed to be set in place to protect these kids wasn't working properly.
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