Football coach who 'selflessly shielded students from shooter' dies


At least 17 people have been killed in Florida after a gunman opened fire on a local high school, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in USA modern history.

At least 17 people were killed in another horrifying high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, at the hands of an expelled student.

"The shooter was literally feet outside of my classroom", Michael Katz, a student at the high school, told ABC News.

Students who had been at school with suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, said "everyone predicted" he could "do something" like the tragedy that unfolded on Wednesday afternoon, and that some children had been scared of him.

The sheriff's office also tweeted that the shooter was in custody and local TV footage showed officers putting a man into a police auto outside the school. "My triplets attended this school, and it's awful, just disgusting", Broward County sheriff Scott Israel confirmed said confirming the mass shooting inside the school.

As Cruz opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, Coach Feis, according to students, jumped in front of the bullets.

An unnamed student told the local WJXT news channel that students "joked" that Cruz would one day shoot up the school. A further two people died later while receiving medical treatment.

- 16 injured people were taken to hospital - the two who later died among that number.

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"Our district is in a tremendous state of grief and sorrow", said Robert Runcie, superintendent of the school district in Parkland, about an hour's drive north of Miami.

According to a law enforcement source, the suspect is being investigated.

The tragedy is the eighth deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and "one of the worst-ever school massacres", says The Guardian.

President Trump sent out his own Tweet offering his "prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting".

Stoneman Douglas High School has more than 3,000 students in grades 9-12.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said the shooting was "absolutely pure evil".

It has again renewed the debate surrounding gun control in the US.