Obama urges 'common-sense gun safety laws' after Florida mass shooting

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A law enforcement official says the former student suspected of killing at least 17 people at a South Florida high school posted highly disturbing material on social media before the shooting rampage. The dead include students and adults.

The FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as the suspect in Wednesday's campus massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to a video blogger.

Following a 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that left 20 children and six adults dead, Obama announced that then-Vice President Joe Biden would lead an effort to develop a policy toward reducing gun violence.

According to the report, he told interrogating officers that he "began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds" on Wednesday afternoon.

It was unclear if Trump still planned to spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort, roughly 40 miles from the Parkland, Fla. school. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of bad violence, hatred, and evil.

During a press conference on Thursday morning, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Rob Lasky says the FBI investigated a 2017 YouTube comment that said "I'm going to be a professional school shooter"; but the agency couldn't identify the person making the comment.

He carried an AR-15 assault rifle, multiple magazines of ammunition, smoke grenades and a gas mask.

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The boys were left in the care of a family friend after their mother died, said family member Barbara Kumbatovich, of Long Island.

Hundreds of students were terrified, many barricading themselves wherever they could find refuge when the reality of a shooter became clear. Some even filmed the horrific scene on their cell phones.

"This is just pure evil", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said at the press conference.

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

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands cuffed at his waist during the Thursday afternoon hearing. He says the shooter fired into one other room on that floor before moving to the third floor and shooting one person in a classroom there.

Jordan May, a coach at the school and the son of head football coach Willis "Peanut" May, tweeted: "Coach Feis has not passed". Students who knew him described a volatile teenager whose unusual behavior had caused others to end friendships with him. It's also the deadliest since a gunman killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

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