Florida school shooting: First victim of massacre named as Chris Hixon

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Cruz was quickly arrested without incident in nearby Coral Springs after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said there "was a time" when the shooting suspect attended Stoneman Douglas High School - but he was not enrolled at the time of the shooting.

Cruz was taken into custody almost two hours after the shooting was reported, authorities said.

The shooting suspect in Florida, Nikolas Cruz was taken into custody around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Students previously "joked" that Cruz would shoot up the school, a student said.

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

Math teacher Jim Gard, who taught Cruz a year ago, told the Miami Herald school administrators warned that Cruz had made threats in the past.

About a month earlier, another gunman killed at least 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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President Donald Trump says it appears the suspect in Florida's deadly school shooting was "mentally disturbed".

"We didn't have any warnings", he said.

Since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT in 2012, more than 100 federal gun control bills have failed to become law.

The Russian Embassy in the United States expressed shock on Wednesday at the news of a shooting at a high school in Florida that killed 17 people, and said it shared the sorrow of the bereaved friends and relatives.

Cruz apparently left school and moved to North Florida a couple months ago after his mother died.

Boogie Nights actress Moore tweeted: "The 18th school shooting in the U.S. since January. I don't know how we're alive", says student Gabrielle Pupo.

In the late press conference, Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, said it was an act of "pure evil" but refused to discuss gun controls.

Donald Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday offering his "prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting".