Fla. sheriff says only one deputy was on scene during shooting

  • Fla. sheriff says only one deputy was on scene during shooting

Fla. sheriff says only one deputy was on scene during shooting

"What I saw was a deputy arrive, take up a position, and he never went in", Scott Israel, the Broward County sheriff, revealed after reviewing video of the incident and interviewing witnesses.

Seventeen people dressed in white costumes as angels stood by a memorial outside the school.

The list of companies choosing to sever ties with the National Rifle Association kept growing this week as young anti-gun activists captured national attention with impassioned calls for gun law reform after a Florida school shooting left 17 dead. "There are no words", Israel said describing his feelings.

Student activists and survivors of the shootings in Parkland, Florida are organizing the "March For Our Lives", a national march in the name of gun control safety and legislative change. Peterson "refused to share any information ... regarding [an] incident that took place with" Cruz after a social services agency investigation was opened.

Israel has told CNN that investigators are looking into claims that three other deputies were on the scene but failed to enter the school when the chance to save lives still existed.

"Can we actually look at what really could have prevented this?"

Asked what Mr Peterson should have done, Sheriff Israel said: "Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer". "This is a movement that was begun by students and is run by students, and this is just one step". He said Loesch's goal is to "distract" the American public and to benefit the gun manufacturers. He endorsed raising the age for buying any type of firearm to 21, with exemptions for military personnel and law enforcement, and advocated measures to prohibit gun ownership for people who are mentally ill or deemed to pose a threat.

President Donald Trump said Friday that Peterson was either a "coward" or "froze under pressure". They said, 'Mark, we can't tell you whether or not they can buy a gun or whether or not they've been Baker Acted because HIPAA prohibits us from releasing that information.

Referring to Cruz, the Stoneman Douglas assailant, Trump said "a teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened". Many want all semiautomatic rifles banned. "The voice that they've got right now is wonderful", said Katy Casey.