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Nikolas Cruz opened fire in a Florida high school, then fled with students, police say

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Nikolas Cruz tried to mix in a panic students on the flight, the Florida high school he had just opened fire, killing 17, authorities said late Wednesday.

Cruz hid himself in the crowd, and was seen of the school, hundreds of terrified students, authorities said.

Authorities said Cruz was later taken into custody “without incident” by Coconut Creek police department Coral Springs area, just a few miles from the high school itself.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Cruz, 19, was identified as the only possible shooter after looking at the security footage from marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The police said Cruz was taken to the hospital because he “exhibited labored breathing.” Later he was seen accompanied at Broward Sheriff’s main office, in a medical robe.

The massacre, however, had already taken its toll.

Noah Dennis, 17, told the Associated Press that the fire alarm went off for the second time that day around 2:30 pm, Dennis said the students were quiet submission of the school when he suddenly heard a number of pops.

“Everybody was really just there quietly, and then we saw a lot of teachers and ran down the stairs, and then everyone shifted and broke into a sprint,” Dennis said. “I jumped a fence.”

An unknown student described the horrific scene in an interview with Fox News.

The police said that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, in custody.

“The police came through the corridor to us and in the hallway, I saw a large pile of blood, as a kind of smeared as they were dragged, and I saw two girls probably die in the hallway,” she said. “And then, down the stairs, there was some more blood and outside the building there was another boy – I think it was a teacher – that was, [I’m] pretty sure was dead.”

The motive behind the murder was not immediately clear. Legislators and officials proposed that the recording may be planned.

Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County, said at an evening press conference that the suspect was carrying an AR-15 rifle and numerous magazines.” He has not indicated how many rounds were fired.

“It is a disaster. There are really no words,” Israel said.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told Fox News that Cruz was wearing a gas mask and may have had smoke bombs during the rampage.

Nelson said in a separate interview with CNN that Cruz the fire alarm “so the children would come pouring out of the classrooms in the hall.”

After a conversation with the authorities, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, said in a tweet “it is clear that he was designed and implemented to maximize loss of life.”

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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