Florida shooting: 17 confirmed dead in ‘horrific’ attack on high school – live

Chris Murphy, senator for Connecticut – site of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, in which 26 children and adults were killed – made an emotional speech to the Senate earlier on Wednesday:

This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting.

It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction.

Sixteen people wounded in the shooting were taken to hospitals in the area.

Eight victims and the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, were taken to Broward Health North. Dr Evan Boyar said two of those victims died at the hospital, three remain in critical condition, and three are stable. All had been shot.

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