A former student went on a shooting rampage at a Florida high school, leaving 17 dead while panicked students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and frantic parents raced to the scene.

PARKLAND, Fla. — The 19-year-old suspected of carrying out a mass shooting at a Florida high school Wednesday was booked into the Broward County Jail on Thursday morning.

Nikolas Cruz is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder, according to records.

Cruz,  is a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where law enforcement said he carried out a deadly rampage Wednesday, killing 17 and wounding others. 

He is being held without bond. 

Cruz was arrested Wednesday a short distance from the school near a home, a law enforcement official who is not authorized to comment publicly told USA TODAY. Students recognized the suspect during the assault, he said.

Flanked by officers, the suspect was later escorted into a police station wearing a hospital gown. 

Sheriff’s officials said in an email that Cruz was initially taken to a hospital for labored breathing before being questioned at sheriff’s headquarters.

The 17 dead include students and adults, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Others were injured and taken to local hospitals, including at least 14 who were treated at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach.

Contributing Kevin Johnson and Crystal Hayes, USA TODAY; Emily Bohatch, The (Stuart, Fla.) News; The Associated Press. 


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