Expelled gunman in gas mask and armed with smoke grenades ‘SET OFF fire alarm so he could draw students into halls

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Daily Mail: Former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

  • Broward Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that 17 people had been killed and dozens more were injured
  • Cruz was armed with at least one AR-15 rifle and had ‘multiple magazines’ when he stormed the school
  • Investigators are now looking into whether Cruz may have pulled the fire alarm to draw people into halls
  • The teenager had been expelled from the school last year for unknown ‘disciplinary reasons’
  • Police say the shooter managed to evade police by fleeing the school with hundreds of terrified students
  • He was tracked down in a nearby neighborhood after authorities reviewed surveillance footage
  • Traumatized students said that once they heard reports of a mass shooting at the school they knew it would be Cruz, while one teacher said he had been identified as a potential threat to his classmates last year
  • Some students barricaded themselves inside their classrooms while others were seen sprinting away from the school as police and SWAT teams swarmed the building
  • A student who claims to know Cruz said the suspected gunman was a ‘troubled kid’ and obsessed with guns more …

Opinion: There are times when our sensibilities are shocked to the core, and yesterday’s school massacre in Parkland, Florida was one.

Editor and I know that area well as we once lived nearby and had two sons in area schools. As parents we watched the news coverage last night and grieved for the families, but it took until this morning to write about it.

At times like these, I get out my Gideon Bible that I received around 18 years ago while staying in a hotel in Texas during a particularly stressful business meeting. On one of the breaks I went to my room to think about things, and I opened the drawer by the bed and saw the Bible there. I would have said I was a Christian at the time, but was not.

As I opened the Bible I saw on the first page “HELP IN TIME OF TROUBLE” which was exactly what I was looking for. Under each section were Bible verses, and my eyes went straight to ‘TURMOIL'” Isaiah 26:3-4 and Philippians 4:6-7.

As I read those verses I couldn’t believe how powerful they were and read several other sections. At that point it was time to go back to my meeting so I picked up the phone and asked the front desk if I could purchase the Bible. The desk clerk put me on hold and then told me the Bible was a gift from the Holy Spirit.

I only wish I could give a Gideon Bible to the families of the dead as well as the shooter. The sections on SORROW (2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Romans 8:26-28) and SUFFERING ( 2 Corinthians 12:8-10; Hebrews 12:3-13) may provide comfort.

God help us.