A former student has been identified as the shooter who killed at least 17 people according to the AP at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. That’s the same high school Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo attended and after the tragedy he not only expressed his support for the community, but also said, “this is out of control and our country is in desperate need for change,” on Twitter.
Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida is the 18th to occur so far in 2018 in the United States, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
Parkland and Coral Springs please stay strong! This is out of control and and our country is in desperate need for change. I hope In this darkest of times back home this brings everyone together and we can find love. You’re all in my prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) February 14, 2018
Just last month, Rizzo donated $150,000 to help the high school fund new stadium lights. The baseball field was renamed in his honor.
@Cubs FIRST BASEMAN TO HOST FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL
RIZZO DONATES $150,000 TO HELP FUND NEW STADIUM LIGHTS; MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL’S BASEBALL FIELD TO BE RENAMED ANTHONY RIZZO FIELD
— A. Rizzo Foundation (@RizzoFoundation) November 27, 2017
The suspect is in custody. Via the AP.
Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County says the 19-year-old suspect is in custody and that investigators are beginning to “dissect” what happened in the attack Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
He says the suspect, a former student, was previously expelled for disciplinary reasons.
Israel says the man had at least one AR-15 rifle as well as multiple magazines.
Will the change come that Rizzo said we desperately need? We can only hope so.