parkland shooting
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Celebrities, Journalists and Politicians Take to Twitter Following Today’s Tragic Florida School Shooting

Today in Parkland, Florida, a 19-year-old former student killed at least 17 people in a high school shooting. The suspect in the Parkland shooting is in custody, and police are investigating.

The Parkland shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School started at approximately 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The suspect is believed to have pulled the fire alarm to draw people from classrooms. According to CNN, there was a fire drill earlier in the day, which added to the confusion.

The killer started outside the school before moving inside. Twelve victims were killed inside the school. Two died outside, one died in the street and two more died at the hospital. Victims included students and staff. At least 14 people have been injured.

Parkland, Florida, was named Florida’s safest city last year by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Stoneman Douglas High School has a student population of over 3,000.

According to NBC, the killer is believed to have had one semi-automatic rifle with multiple magazines. It’s currently unclear whether he had any other weapons. Students at Stoneman Douglas said the killer was “a little bit off” and would frequently show off his guns, and “threatened to bring the guns to school multiple times.” Students even joked that the shooter would be behind a school shooting one day.

As always, Twitter was very active with thoughts and comments about the Parkland shooting. Below, we’ve compiled some of the best.

 

Some celebrities sent their love to the Parkland shooting victims

 

Others demanded political change

 

Queer journalist Ira Madison III drew clear lines from Trump to the Parkland shooting

 

Louis Virtel spoke out against the urge to complain about “politicizing tragedy”

 

Michael Ian Black had an insightful thread getting to the base of America’s gun problem

And finally, The Onion shared the same article it always shares when there’s a mass shooting

 

Featured image by Wilfredo Lee/AP