Authorities getting 'copycat threats' day after gunman killed 17 at Florida school

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At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida, police have said.

As a fire alarm sounded and bullets began to ring out at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday afternoon, some students fled from their classrooms into the hallway - unknowingly into the path of AR-15-wielding, 19-year-old madman Nikolas Cruz.

"I would say he was not the most normal or sane kid in JROTC", Davis told Reuters. Earlier Thursday, he suggested the suspect was "mentally disturbed". He is in custody.

One student, Bailey Vosberg, said: "I heard what sounded like fireworks and I looked at my friend and he asked me if I heard that". "Some of our policymakers and some people need to look in the mirror and take some action because ideas are great, but without action, ideas stay ideas and children die". Israel, however, could not confirm the number of victim students.

Seventeen people, including the suspect, were sent to area hospitals, said Dr. Evan Boyar of Broward Health.

Authorities warned late on Wednesday that the death toll could rise, as some of the 15 wounded people were in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

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An Indian-American student, a ninth grader, sustained minor injures after he was hit by splinters.

With mass shootings of this magnitude becoming more frequent and disturbingly common, many celebrities took the time to express the need for a change in gun reform and policy changes. According to BuzzFeed News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have investigated him last fall after a tip-off.

Cruz was expelled from Stoneman High School for multiple "disciplinary infractions", and posted videos of himself threatening "mass shootings" on YouTube. "I don't know how we're alive", says student Gabrielle Pupo. However, according to media reports, Cruz was expelled previous year after a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.

The president was silent on the issue of gun control.

"My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting", he tweeted.

A teenage suspect is in custody after a shooting spree at a secondary school in the USA state of Florida resulted in "numerous fatalities".