Disturbing details about Florida gunman begin to emerge. Fox News' Rob Schmitt provides details from Parkland, Florida.
The suspected gunman accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school this month tried to fire at fleeing students from the building's third-floor windows, but the high-impact windows didn't shatter, a state senator said.
State Sen. Bill Galvano said authorities told him it would have been easy for the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, to open the windows.
"Thank God he didn't," Galvano said. He said he was given a tour of the school and was shown bullet marks on the glass.
After he fired several rounds, Cruz reportedly dropped his weapon and hid among the crowd as students and faculty evacuated Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Police captured Cruz over an hour later in Coral Springs, located about a mile away. He was taken to a local hospital and then released into police custody.
At least 17 people were killed during the shooting at the Florida high school. (AP)
Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Fourteen others were wounded in the shooting, including several with life-threatening injuries.
Below is a timeline of events that detail how the shooting unfolded.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
Cruz was picked up by an Uber, before he was dropped off at the high school at 2:19 p.m., a Wednesday timeline from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office showed.
Cruz went into Building 12’s east stairwell with a rifle in a case, according to the timeline. He goes "through all three floors, shooting several students and faculty inside the classrooms and hallways of the building."
Cruz got out and ran in the direction of tennis courts before going south, according to the sheriff’s office. At 2:29 p.m., it said he crossed a field and ran west with other people.
Students reportedly were texting about a shooter at the school.
Cruz went into a Walmart and purchased a drink at a Subway inside and left the store, per the sheriff’s office timeline.
Deputies responded to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a tweet.
#BSO is working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter located at 5901 Pine Island Rd, Parkland. Here's what we know so far: deputies are responding to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High. There are reports of victims. PIO will be on scene 3:15pm.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
WSVN, a local news station, reported that there were at least five people injured at the school.
Appears there are at least 5 people injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Coral Springs after reports of shooting. People hurt -- on stretchers. Lots of police and ambulances. @wsvn— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) February 14, 2018
The sheriff’s office warned the public to “avoid the area of Stoneman Douglas HS” as authorities investigated reports of an active shooter.
Avoid the area of Stoneman Douglas HS. #BSO is currently working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
The Broward County Sheriff's Office timeline said Cruz went to a McDonald’s, sat down briefly and left.
A student shared a photo to Twitter to show where he and other students were hiding.
Still locked in. I checked the local news and there is 20 victims. Long live Majory Stoneman Douglas High. pic.twitter.com/4kQMAlCBWt— Aidan Minoff (@TheCaptainAidan) February 14, 2018
The sheriff’s office tweeted the shooter was still at large.
Broward Schools said the school was on lockdown after students and faculty heard what sounded like gunfire.
Today, close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site.— Broward Schools (@browardschools) February 14, 2018
Broward Schools began dismissing students from the school.
“We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries,” the school district tweeted. “Law enforcement and the District’s Special Investigative Unit are currently on site.”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement and the District’s Special Investigative Unit are currently on site. The District will provide updates as more information becomes available.— Broward Schools (@browardschools) February 14, 2018
A Coconut Creek police officer detained Cruz in Coral Springs, the timeline indicated, adding that detectives with the sheriff's office performed a show-up procedure.
President Trump tweeted about the shooting, offering his “prayers and condolences.”
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
The shooter was taken into custody, the sheriff’s office confirmed in a tweet, warning that the scene was still active.
Shooter is now in custody. Scene is still active. #stonemanshooting— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
The sheriff’s office tweeted there were at least 14 “victims,” who “have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.”
So far we have at least 14 victims. Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital. #StonemanShooting— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
The suspected shooter was taken to a local hospital.
Photo: Suspect is loaded into fire rescue to be transported to hospital pic.twitter.com/SP0rJg5tY5— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) February 14, 2018
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said there were "a number of fatalities."
Our worst fears are being realized. It looks like it’s a number of fatalities. Praying for all those students, families and school members affected at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) February 14, 2018
Israel confirmed the shooter was not a current student at Stoneman Douglas High School.
Sheriff Israel, "The shooter was not a current student."— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
In a separate tweet, the sheriff’s office said SWAT teams were still clearing the school.
SWAT still clearing the school #stonemanshooting.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Students started to reunite with their parents.
Parents and families of Westglades Middle School can now pick-up students at the school. Pine Island Road has been blocked by law enforcement. Parents should enter from Coral Ridge Drive via Holmberg Road.— Broward Schools (@browardschools) February 14, 2018
Sheriff Israel said 17 people were killed in the shooting.
"I'm saddened to say that 17 people lost their lives."- Sheriff Scott Israel #stonemanshooting— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
The sheriff’s office identified the shooting suspect as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.
Suspect Nikolaus Cruz, 19, is in custody. #stonemandouglasshooting— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
A local news reporter for WSVN tweeted a photo of the suspect being detained by police.
Thursday, Feb. 15
Trump urged the public to always report suspicious behavior to authorities.
“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem,” Trump tweeted. “Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, Israel announced in a news conference.
"Suspect has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder."-Sheriff Scott Israel.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 15, 2018
Trump addressed the nation, describing the massacre as a “scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil."
He vowed to work with state and local leaders to help “secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”
Cruz made a court appearance on 17 counts of murder. The judge ordered him to be held without bond.
Cruz confessed to arriving at the high school with an AR-15 rifle and a backpack of "additional loaded magazines" and told investigators he shot "students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds," according to an arrest affidavit filed Thursday evening.
Friday, Feb. 16
Cruz may plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, his lawyer reportedly said Friday.
On Friday, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Broward Health North Hospital in Florida -- the same hospital where many of the shooting victims were treated. The two met with survivors and medical professionals while they were there.
Later that evening, Trump tweeted photos of the visit.
Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage! https://t.co/3yJsrebZMG pic.twitter.com/ti791dENTy— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
Monday, Feb. 19
Cruz arrived at a Fort Lauderdale courtroom for a hearing that started at 1 p.m. During the hearing, a judge ruled that already-sealed documents remain that way, WPTV reported.
Broward County Public Schools announced that classes are slated to resume at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School "on a modified schedule" on Feb. 27.
Fox News’ Shira Bush, Kathleen Joyce, Zoe Szathmary and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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