A former student armed with a rifle stalked the halls of a Florida school, breaking windows and shooting terrified students in a massacre that left 17 people dead Wednesday, authorities said.
The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, had once been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School over disciplinary problems, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said, without providing specifics.
Cruz allegedly turned on the fire alarm, sending many students running outside, where he fired shot after shot before following people inside the building, officials said.
Suspect in South Florida school massacre booked into jail, charged with 17 counts of murder
Shortly before 5:45 a.m. Thursday, the young man accused in a shooting that left more than a dozen people dead was escorted into Broward’s Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale. Nikolas Cruz was surrounded by Broward Sheriff’s deputies who walked him inside the facility.
Brightline train hits car stopped on tracks in Boca Raton
A man is in the hospital after a Brightline train hit his vehicle that was stopped on the tracks, according to Boca Raton police.
Jessica Desir, public information officer for city police, said at about 8 p.m. officers were called to the intersection of Camino Real and South Dixie Highway where a train hit a vehicle. Witnesses told police that a car was stopped on the tracks at a red light when the gates came down. Police said the unidentified elderly driver could not make it out of the vehicle and was hit.
Bridal shop in Boca Raton responds to questions of her store closing
The owner of a Bridal shop in Boca Raton says she is closing down. This comes after customers were trying to get ahold of the owner for weeks, wondering if they were going to get their dresses.
Brittany Burns owns a Bridal shop but sent out an email Monday night saying her store was closing and she was moving home with her family.
This weekend’s events
1. Festival of the Arts: Kathleen Battle – Grammy Award winning American soprano Kathleen Battle represents the pinnacle of accomplishment in the world of music. With an incomparable voice, and a career that spans the entire globe, Battle has won numerous awards, and has appeared on the greatest stages with some of the most renowned musicians in the world.
2. Happy Hour With Mike Mineo – Mike Mineo is a Nashville based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from South Florida and coined the genre “Beach Soul”. Mike has released 5 full length albums and 3 EPs. Each release has experimented with different themes and genres with an impressive prolificness and attention to content that provides sustenance for the soul of the listener.
3. A Very Special Evening With Jesse Colin Young – For 50 years Jesse Colin Young has been singing songs about peace, relationships and the environment. From his folk days in Boston and his first record, Soul Of a City Boy, he has articulated and recorded the tumultuous times of the 60s, 70’s, 80’s to the present, while reminding us that it is all about family, community and the precious natural world we live in.
4. Boca Raton Green Market – Grab your shopping bags and head on over to the Boca Raton GreenMarket! Boca’s GreenMarket has continually been dedicated to local food production and consumption….produce that travels from farm direct to the dining table……and through the process supporting the Florida agricultural industry and the economy of our south Florida area.
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*** This most recent school shooting is horrifying and sad. Of course our thoughts and prayers go to the family but I ask that everyone takes a second to hug the person next to them and reach out to someone who may be struggling. You never know the impact you can have by simply lending a helping hand.***