At least 17 people are dead after a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
The suspect involved, Nicolas Cruz, is currently in custody with police. He was obsessed with gun, according to reports from those who have scoured Cruz's Facebook page.
In the rest of the world, there have been 18 school shootings in the last twenty years. In the U.S., there have been 18 school shootings since January 1--35 days.— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) February 14, 2018
The Miami Herald reports Cruz has been identified as a potential threat in the past for other students who have interacted with him. Cruz was even banned from wearing a backpack on campus.
Wednesday's school shooting in Florida is the 18th school shooting to occur in the United States in 2018. There have been 300 shootings nationwide since 2013 - an average of one shooting per week.
At least 10 states have been faced with at least one school shooting including Texas, California and Michigan, according to ABC News.
Some of the incidents that have occurred include the following:
- A man in Michigan shot himself inside of East Olive Elementary School in Michigan. The man was a military veteran who had been suffering from PTSD, depression and a traumatic brain injury, according to WILX-TV.
- In January, a shooting at Coronado Elementary in Arizona left a 14-year-old dead. The individual involved, a seventh grader, shot himself in the bathroom with a family member's weapon.
- A football player for Winston-Salem State University was killed during an event at Wake Forest University.
- A 15-year-old was wounded after a 16-year-old boy walked into a high school cafeteria and started firing shots in Italy, Tex.