Incident Summary:

02/14/2018: An assailant armed with a semi-automatic rifle entered Building 12 at Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire on students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, United States. At least 17 people were killed and 17 other people were injured in the assault. The assailant escaped the building and was arrested a few hours later. Authorities identified the assailant as Nikolas Cruz, noting that he possessed "racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views." and that he had etched swastikas into his ammunition magazines.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Stoneman Douglas High School
Specific Description High School
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
A Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. It is unclear if Cruz's white supremacist beliefs motivated him to carry out the attack or if he was motivated simply by the desire to carry out a school shooting. Additionally, Cruz stated that he was hearing voices in his head, however, authorities doubted that he had a legitimate mental health disorder. The victims included Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 17
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 17
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz had swastikas on ammunition magazines," CBS News, February 27, 2018.