Florida shooting: President Trump to visit school

ANI | Updated: Feb 16, 2018 01:08 IST

Tallahassee (Florida) [United States], Feb 16 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Thursday said that he is planning to meet with the families of the students and teachers who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yesterday.

President Trump made the announcement during a nationwide address from the White House, in which he described the massacre as a "scene of terrible violence, hatred and evil".

"In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil - and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need," Donald Trump said.

17 people died on Wednesday when the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, who was a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons, opened fire.

Cruz was booked on 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday.

According to local media, 15 people were injured.

Further, the leader of a white nationalist militia on Thursday reportedly claimed that Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group and also participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee, according to reports. (ANI)