What Happened At The Parkland Shooting? How Many People Were Killed In Parkland Shooting?

What Happened At The Parkland Shooting?

According to the report from NBC News, it has been reported that the former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School allegedly entered the school environment with his gun and started shooting the students and staff in the school. This incident happened on February 14, 2018, at Parkland. Initially, it was believed that the shooter must have used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle. Later, they identified the shooter, a former school student, Nikolas Cruz, at the age of 19.

How Many People Were Killed In Parkland Shooting?

According to the report from NBC news, it has been reported that 17 people were killed in that shooting. They have also added that fourteen members were wounded, and five others were sent to the hospital with critical injuries. Authorities reported that the suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the crowd fleeing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following the massacre on Wednesday afternoon. He was arrested in nearby Coral Springs.


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Parkland Shooting Luke Hoyer

According to the report from Local 10, it has been reported that among the whole scenario, count one of 17 in the penalty phase is for the murder of Luke Hoyer, who Cruz killed on that day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His parents, Tom Hoyer and Gena, and his sister Abby Hoyer testified that Luke played basketball and planned to join the MSD football team his sophomore year. Prosecutors said 15-year-old Luke, a freshman, was standing outside the classroom. He was shot twice and died waiting to be allowed inside when he was shot twice and died. According to the autopsy report, the doctor said he suffered gunshot wounds to the torso and neck. He also added that the wound to the neck was fatal. Nickolas Cruz also killed his classmates, Gina Montalto and Martin Duque, standing next to him by the classroom door on the first floor.


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Jury’s Decision

The lawyer stated that the murderer was mentally ill during the murders. According to the report from NY Times, it has been reported that Cruz was struggling since Kinder Garten, and he has ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and autism. He also spoke about the gun he had in his house to another student and added that he would use that gun someday. Nikolas, now 23, was handed over in court on October 13, 2022, for the judgment. To everyone’s shock, the judge refused the death penalty for the murderer who pleaded guilty to his action. He gave him life imprisonment without parole.


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Victims’ Parents

The parents and family members of the victims were shocked to hear the news. They also felt terrible for the judgment. According to the report from CNN US, it has been reported that the family members were not satisfied with the judgment. One of the Victim’s family members, Thomas, said, “There was one with a hard ‘no,’ she couldn’t do it, and there was another two that ended up voting the same way. Didn’t believe because he was mentally ill he should get the death penalty.” Ryan Petty said to the interviewers, “Either didn’t understand the facts in this case, or ishonest with themselves when they signed up to become a juror and would never have voted for the death penalty. You cannot look at the facts of this case, look at the cruel and inhumane way the 17 victims were treated that he went back and shot again those that were already down on the ground.”

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