What We Know About Mass Shootings

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At least 17 people were killed in a Florida high school shooting on Valentine’s Day, the latest mass shooting in the United States.

Students, a geography teacher, a football coach, and an athletic director are among the victims identified so far in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel identified the suspect as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had been expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and ordered held without bond.

Israel said the suspect was believed to have one AR-15 rifle and multiple magazines. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Miami told the New York Times the rifle was legally purchased.

Officials have not identified a motive for the shooting.

Among other recent tragedies are the November massacre of 26 worshipers at a rural Texas church and the October killing of 58 people at a music festival in Las Vegas.

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