17 Dead, Gunman Arrested After Florida High School Shooting

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In the US, police are questioning a 19-year-old man following a school shooting in Florida that’s claimed 17 lives.

The attack at a High School near Fort Lauderdale, is the 19th school shooting in the US since the start of the year. It’s also the third-deadliest school shooting in US history.

The ‘code red’ lockdown began at around 8pm Irish-time, when the 19-year-old former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

At first one student thought it was just a drill; “First I thought it was just someone had just pulled the fire alarm then I actually got scared – there is actually a shooter and people are actually dying.”

Local Sheriff Scott Israel says they’re looking at the suspect’s social media for clues about his state of mind: “We have already begun to dissect his websites and the social media he was on and some of the things that are coming up are very disturbing.”

The shooting’s reignited the gun control debate. Senator Chris Murphy says its time for action. “This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America – this epidemic of mass slaughter.”

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