Latest Parkland, Florida, school shooting News

Buffalo shooter's previous threat raises red-flag questions

May. 17, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

Less than a year before he was accused of opening fire and killing 10 people in a racist attack at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store, 18-year-old Payton Gendron was investigated for making a threatening statement at his high school. New York has a “red flag" law designed to keep...

Jury selection for Florida school killer enters 2nd phase

May. 16, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz entered its second phase Monday with the attorneys asking questions of potential jurors, with one candidate comparing it to being interviewed for “the toughest job of my life.” ...

Florida judge was assigned to school shooter case at random

May. 13, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer was assigned the case of a former Florida student who gunned down 17 people in 2018 despite never having overseen a death penalty trial or one with much publicity. Her assignment to the Nikolas Cruz case was made...

For Parkland survivor, a long road to recovery from trauma

May. 07, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — More than a year after she witnessed a gunman kill three fellow students and injure five others in her Parkland classroom, Eden Hebron came home from lunch to find a strange white car parked in her driveway. Since the shooting, surprise visitors were rare....

Former Parkland sheriff will head much smaller police force

May. 06, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida sheriff ostracized for his agency’s response to the high school massacre in Parkland that left 17 people dead will again be heading a law enforcement agency as the police chief of a small South Florida municipality. Former Broward County Sheriff Scott...

Lawyer's apparent illness delays Florida school shooter case

May. 02, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection in the death penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was delayed Monday by at least a week because his lead attorney is apparently ill. Melisa McNeill, Cruz's lead public defender, was absent from Monday's hearing, which was...

Florida school shooting judge reverses; confusion follows

Apr. 27, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The judge overseeing the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz reversed herself Wednesday and said she is not dismissing more than 200 potential jurors who survived a first round of screening earlier this month. In the latest confusing...

Deputies protect school killer after potential juror threat

Apr. 26, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Deputies protecting Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz had to pull him aside and surround him Tuesday after a member of a jury pool mouthed possible threats toward him and caused others to become “excited," leading them to fear a potential brawl, officials said. ...

Parkland shooter's jury search restarts anew amid dispute

Apr. 25, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The judge overseeing jury selection for a man who murdered 17 people at a Florida high school declared that the process will start over Monday, after prosecutors and defense attorneys argued that she erred when she didn't question 11 potential jurors who said they...

Gun safety activists decry inaction as US shootings surge

Apr. 19, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats have spent years pledging to address the gun violence that plagues communities across the U.S. But a surge of mass shootings over the weekend that left dozens wounded and two dead served as a reminder of how little they have accomplished since taking control of...