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Dedicated To: Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Tribute: To the survivors, victims and family and friends of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed and seventeen more were wounded, all by bullets, making it one of the world's deadliest school massacres. The suspected perpetrator, a 19-year-old and former student was identified by witnesses and arrested shortly afterward. He confessed, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 attempted murders. Police and prosecutors have not yet offered a motive and are investigating "a pattern of disciplinary issues and unnerving behavior".

The sheriff's office received a number of tips in 2016 and 2017 about the gunman's threats to carry out a school shooting. The Federal Bureau of Investigation learned a YouTube user wrote about becoming a school shooter in September 2017, but couldn't identify the user. In January 2018, a direct complaint of a death threat by the gunman was not forwarded to the agency by its tipline.

Some students began campaigning for gun control and founded the advocacy group Never Again MSD. The Florida Legislature passed a bill to raise the minimum age for buying rifles to 21, establish waiting periods and background checks, provide a program for the arming of some teachers, and broaden existing laws to bar potentially violent or mentally unhealthy people from possessing guns. In all, it allocates around $400 million.

The shooting took place during the afternoon of February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida, an affluent suburb about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. The shooter, a former student, took an Uber ride and was dropped off at the school at 2:19 p.m. EST.

The gunman entered Building 12, a three-story structure containing 30 classrooms typically occupied by about 900 students and 30 teachers. Armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and multiple small capacity magazines, he activated a fire alarm and began firing at students and teachers. The fire alarm caused confusion because there had been a fire drill earlier in the day.

The shooting lasted six minutes, after which the gunman dropped his rifle on the 3rd floor of the building and left the scene by blending in with fleeing students. He walked to a Walmart, where he purchased a soda at its Subway restaurant. He then walked to a McDonald's and lingered before leaving on foot at 3:01. At about 3:40, he was stopped by a police officer in Coral Springs – 2 miles (3.2 km) from the school – and taken into custody without incident. He was taken to a hospital emergency room with "labored breathing", released after 40 minutes, then booked into the Broward County Jail.

School surveillance camera footage revealed the gunman as the suspected perpetrator. He was recognized by a staffer before he entered the building and was also recognized by witnesses during the attack.

There were 34 victims: 17 killed and 17 wounded. Seventeen people were taken to area hospitals, including fifteen victims, two of whom soon died. Three remained in critical condition the day after the shooting and one by the following day.

The seventeen people who were killed included fourteen students and three staff members.

Scott Beigel, a geography teacher, was killed after he unlocked a classroom for students to hide in, and some survived because the gunman did not enter the classroom. Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach, and the security guard was shot and killed as he shielded two students. Chris Hixon, the school's athletic director, was killed as he ran toward the sound of the gunfire and tried to help fleeing students.

Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang was last seen in his Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) uniform, holding open doors so others could get out more quickly. He was called a hero, and a White House petition was circulated calling for him to be buried with full military honors. He, Alaina Petty, and Martin Duque were all posthumously honored by the U.S. Army with the ROTC Medal for Heroism at their funerals, and Wang was buried in his JROTC Blues uniform. On February 20, he was awarded a rare posthumous admission to the United States Military Academy.