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At Least 17 Killed in Florida High School Shooting

by Chabad.org

At least 17 people were killed, including students and adults, and many others injured when a former student opened fire in a high school in Parkland, Fla. Victims were taken to local hospitals, and three remain in critical condition.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was taken into custody by police in nearby Coral Springs, Fla., about an hour after the assault at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He had previously been expelled from the school, and on Wednesday, was heavily armed.

During an afternoon of terror, hundreds of students were evacuated from the scene as police surrounded the area.

“It was a wrenching scene,” Rabbi Mendy Gutnick, youth director at Chabad of Parkland, told Chabad.org. “Parents were gathered outside while their children were still inside of the school, and they had no way to save them.”

“Together with Rabbi Shuey Biston, I rushed to the school to give support to anyone we could. The school is at least 40 percent Jewish, so we know many of the students and their parents,” he continued. “We went from parent to parent and tried to offer as much comfort as possible, and helped them recite Psalms, praying for the students and faculty in the school.”

Gutnick said he is coordinating with fellow Chabad rabbis from nearby Coral Springs, home of many of the students, to hold an evening of prayer, consolation and a memorial later this week.

8 Comments

  • 1. Andrea Schonberger wrote:

    Not to take away from this horrific tragedy but does anyone know if Sheriff Israel is a Jew? I saw him several times giving out reports to the press.

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  • 4. oren wrote:

    those kids are all growing up too fast, because some elements in our country let in people and ideas which are unsafe and unhealthy to say the least. when will they learn

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  • 5. y342 wrote:

    just expelled him? did they ever try to get him to get therapy or any kind of help? Just expelling a kid is soemtimes like getting rid of the problem

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  • 8. CHECK MEZUZOS!!!!! wrote:

    THERE SHOULD BE A HUGE SHLUCHIM CAMPAIGN TO CHECK AND PUT UP KOSHER MEZUZOS IN ALL THEIR CONGREGANTS, FRIENDS AND PEOPLE WHO ATTEND THE CHABAD HOUSES !!!!!!!!!
    AFTER ONE OF THE DEADLY ATTACKS IN ISRAEL THE REBBE CLEARLY GAVE THIS MESSAGE.

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