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Florida high school shooting kills 17

IANS  |  Washington 

At least 17 people were killed and several others were injured in a on Wednesday in the US state of

told the press that 12 were killed in the school building, two were killed outside the building, one on a road nearby and two died in hospital from wounds.

The shooting occurred at in Parkland, which was voted Florida's safest city last year, reported.

The school said the incident took place as the school was dismissing students.

The shooter was identified as Nikolaus Cruz, a 19-year-old expelled student at the school. He was captured shortly after the shooting. An semi-automatic rifle was found at the site.

The Police reportedly captured the suspect about 1.6 kilometres from the school.

Meanwhile, US said, "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible shooting. No child, or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."

Democratic Senator of -- a prominent voice in the fight for gun control -- took to the floor late this afternoon to address the

We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else," he said.

"Let me just note once again for my colleagues: this happens nowhere else other than the of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of after school shooting," he added.

"It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction," he said.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 07:22 IST