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Parkland shooting: Anthony Borges, final survivor of shooting, released from hospital

Images from the Florida High School Shooting

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The teen who saved the lives of 20 of his classmates during the Parkland school shooting has finally left the hospital, according to multiple media reports.

Anthony Borges, though, doesn’t consider himself a hero, NBC News reported.

He told the “Today” show that he’s just lucky to be alive.

The school shooting on Feb. 14 left 17 people dead. Borges barricaded a door shut and used his body to shield other students, stopping the bullets that were being shot through the closed door, NBC News reported.

The 15-year-old was shot five times, CNN reported.

NBC reported that doctors removed a third of one of the teen’s lung. One bullet landed near his liver. Three hit his legs.

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His family said last month, that it plans to sue Broward County, the school district and the Sheriff’s Office, CNN reported.

They plan to ask for unspecified monetary damages.

“The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the Principal and School Resource Officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” family attorney Alex Arreaza wrote in the notice of intent to sue, CNN reported.

A photo of Borges in his hospital bed from the Broward County Sheriff’s Twitter feed went viral shortly after the shooting.

Gunman Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, faces 17 counts of premeditated murder for the shooting.


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Florida school shooting timeline: Seven minutes, three floors and 17 dead

Nikolas Cruz, the gunman charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school Wednesday afternoon, has reportedly confessed to the shooting and, his attorney says, is now on suicide watch.

Cruz, according to a timeline put together by police, set off alarms as he entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the school he had been expelled from, hoping to get more people into the hallways and into his line of fire.

After firing into classrooms and at students in the hallways, Cruz dropped the weapon he had with him, an AR-15 weapon purchased legally one year ago, and blended in with the crowd of students fleeing the building.

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From the school, he headed to a Subway and bought himself a soft drink, went to a McDonald's to sit for a few minutes, left the restaurant and was arrested a short time later without incident.

On Thursday, he was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Here, from information from the Broward County’s Sheriff’s Office, is a timeline of the events that happened that day.

Feb. 14, 2018 (all times are local Florida time)

  • 2:06 p.m.: An Uber driver picks up Cruz, who asks to be driven to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • 2:19 p.m.: It takes 13 minutes to get to the front of the school where the Uber driver drops Cruz off. He has with him an AR-15 inside of a soft gun case and a backpack filled with ammunition. According to a police report, a school employee recognizes Cruz and radios to a colleague that Cruz is headed toward the school’s Building 12.
  • 2:21:18 p.m.: Cruz enters the east stairwell of Building 12 with a rifle inside of the case. Police said the 19-year-old also had smoke grenades and a gas mask.
  • 2:21:30 p.m.: Twelve seconds later, Cruz has taken the rifle from the bag and readied it to fire. At some point, he pulls the fire alarm. Students would later say they were confused by the sound of a fire alarm because they had had a fire drill earlier that morning.
  • 2:21:33 p.m.: As students began to leave the building after the fire alarm, Cruz begins shooting into rooms 1215, 1216 and 1214. Students and teachers, hearing the gunshots, head back into the classrooms. Cruz goes back to rooms 1216 and 1215 fires into them again, then walks to 1213 and fires again. Cruz then takes the west stairwell to the second floor and shoots a person in room 1234.
  • 2:24:39 p.m.: Three minutes after the first shots are fired, Cruz heads up the east stairwell to the third floor of Building 12. According to some reports, he tries to bust out a window on the third floor to shoot at students as they flee the building. The windows in that part of the facility are shatterproof, and Cruz is unable to fire down from the third floor.
  • 2:27:37 p.m.: Three minutes after he gets to the third floor, he goes back into the stairwell, drops the rifle and his backpack and runs down the stairs.
  • 2:28:35 p.m.: Among the fleeing students and staff, he leaves Building 12 and runs west toward the school’s tennis courts, then turns and heads south.
  • 2:29:51 p.m.: A little more than a minute later, Cruz crosses a field and runs west, meeting up with others running from the school.
  • 2:50 p.m.: Some 30 minutes later, he arrives at Walmart. He goes to the Subway located inside the Walmart and buys a soft drink. He then leaves on foot.
  • 3:01 p.m.: Cruz goes to a McDonald’s and sits in the restaurant for a few minutes. He leaves the restaurant on foot.
  • 3:41 p.m.: Forty minutes later, an officer from the Coconut Creek Police Department spots Cruz on Wyndham Lakes Drive in Coral Springs. The Broward Sheriff’s Department responds to the call that the young man who is now a suspect in the shootings has been spotted. He is positively identified by officers and taken into custody without incident.

Uber driver: Nikolas Cruz seemed like 'just a normal person'

The Uber driver who picked up Nikolas Cruz on Valentine’s Day said she noticed nothing unusual about the 19-year-old in the minutes before police said he opened fire on students and staff members at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17.

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The driver, who declined to be identified, told WFOR-TV that she picked up Cruz around the area in which he lived and that he had a large bag with him that she thought was a guitar case.

“He told me, ‘I am going to my music class,’” the driver told WFOR-TV.

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Court records released earlier this month showed Cruz took an Uber to his former high school on Feb. 14. Officials with Uber confirmed to The Associated Press that Cruz used the service before the deadly attack, but the company declined to answer questions about whether the Uber driver noticed strange behavior from Cruz, or whether he was carrying a gun.

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The driver told WFOR-TV that she doesn’t speak English fluently, so she didn’t speak much with Cruz. Still, she said, he seemed like “just a normal person,” and he gave her no indication of the carnage authorities said he planned.

The Uber driver said she thought of Cruz later, after she started seeing news reports of the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

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“I thought, ‘Oh, I just left someone over there,” she told WFOR-TV.

Court records obtained by the news station showed that deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office searched the Uber driver’s car for “bullets, guns, writings by Cruz or anything else that might be connected to the shooting.” The driver told WFOR-TV that deputies did not find anything significant.

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Cruz was arrested on Valentine’s Day after police said he fired several shots from an AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, killing 14 students and three teachers.

He is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder.

 

Police union won't defend Parkland, Florida, school resource officer if he faces legal action

When a shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month, sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who was on duty as the school’s resource officer, reportedly failed to enter the building as 17 people died — but that’s not why the police union won’t be defending him.

According to Jeff Bell, president of the Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies Association, the union will not be stepping up to help Peterson, not due to his conduct but because he doesn’t pay the union any money, Reason.com reported.

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“From a legal standpoint, we say he was not a ‘dues-paying member,” Bell said, according to Reason.com. “If he was a dues-paying member, I would certainly have a problem with how we are trying him in the public and not giving him his due process. But because he’s not a dues-paying member and I don’t have to represent him? Whatever happens, happens.”

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Under Florida’s public sector union laws, Peterson is not required to financially support Bell’s union, but he’s also not legally free to associate with a different bargaining unit instead. While the law enforcement veteran of 32 years is still covered by collective bargaining agreements signed by Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies Association, the union didn’t act on his behalf when he indicated prior to his resignation that was upset that his employer suspended him following the tragedy — and they won’t be coming to his rescue should he face any legal repercussions for his inaction at the high school.

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Peterson may be eligible to collect a pension of at least $52,000 and is supposed to have half of his health insurance premiums covered the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for life. Although he claims he thought the shooting was taking place outside the school, his failure to enter the building and confront the shooter could still lead to his facing an investigation and ending up in civil court. Either way, the Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies Association won’t be involved.

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“If the sheriff’s office decides not to, say for example, they decide you know what, we’re not going to give you your payouts and we’re not going to give you your insurance or whatever, I’m still not doing anything for him,” Bell said. “So, he doesn’t have the right to file a grievance–well, he can do it as an individual, but when he gets to the level of arbitration, we’re not covering that. If he has any lawsuits, we’re not covering that. Administrative hearings or civil hearings, we’re not covering that.”

Only “dues-paying members” get that level of protection, he added.

 

Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz withdraws not guilty plea, stands mute on 34 counts

THURSDAY, 4:15PM ET UPDATE:  Nikolas Cruz withdrew his not guilty plea Thursday and instead chose to "stand mute," according to a court motion.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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grand jury in Broward County has formally indicted Nikolas Cruz in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the county's state attorney announced Wednesday.

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The panel charged the 19-year-old with 17 counts of premeditated first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in the mass shooting at the Parkland high school that left 14 students and three adults dead.

Prosecutors seeking death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, confessed Parkland gunman 

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Prosecutors seeking death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, confessed Parkland gunman 

Florida prosecutors will ask for the death penalty for confessed Parkland school gunman Nikolas Cruz, State Attorney Michael Satz said Tuesday. 

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Satz said he filed a "notice of intent to seek death" in the 17 first-degree murder counts stemming from the Feb. 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 14 students and three adults dead.

Cruz is also charged with attempted murder in the shootings of 17 others who survived.

Cruz is scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday on the murder and attempted murder charges.

Cruz offered to plead guilty to the charges several weeks ago if prosecutors removed the death penalty from the table.

>>Related: Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

If he does reach a plea deal with prosecutors, the only other option for Cruz is life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Stoneman Douglas shooting: Broward Sheriff releases surveillance video 

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has released video with footage from the Feb. 14 high school shooting at in Parkland, Florida.

A month ago, a 19-year-old former student opened fire at the school. Seventeen people were killed.

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The video shows former deputy Scot Peterson standing outside of the high school. Peterson was criticized for not going into the building during the shooting.

“The video speaks for itself,” the BSO’s Public Information Office said in a statement. “His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on Feb. 21. After being suspended without pay, Peterson chose to resign and immediately retired rather than face possible termination. 

“In accordance with Florida law, we are prohibited from discussing any other details of the IA investigation until the case has concluded.”

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Parkland shooting

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Parkland shooting

PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 14: People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Numerous law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Victims of the Florida High School Mass Shooting

Victims of the Florida High School Mass Shooting

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