On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, a 15-year-old boy shot himself in the head in front of more than 20 classmates during the second block of classes at Lecanto High School in Lecanto, Florida, according to Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. The unidentified youth from Homosassa, Florida, used a Walther P1 9 mm semi-automatic handgun that had six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. Another magazine containing eight
Several weeks ago, the South Florida News Service conducted a survey of gun shop owners and pawnbrokers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Moti Adika is the owner of Masa Firearms in Coral Springs and one of the people we spoke to. His shop is located about two miles away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, where Nikolas
South Florida News Service recently conducted a survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawn shops in South Florida and found similarities and differences in their answers. The area's two most populous counties were split on whether the age to purchase firearms should be raised to 21. Broward County was largely in favor of such legislation, while Miami-Dade County gun dealers and
A survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawnshops in South Florida found wide agreement that the state should continue to allow the sales of weapons like the AR-15 -- the weapon used in the shooting in Parkland Feb. 14 -- but disagreement on whether arming teachers would make schools safer. People in Broward and Miami-Dade
Mientras unos viven el duelo en silencio y alejados, otros deciden salir y unirse para levantar su voz. Decididos a cambiar las leyes, los sobrevivientes del tiroteo de la escuela Stoneman Douglas en Parkland, perpetrado por Nikolas Cruz, alzaron su voz y unieron fuerzas al crear el movimiento “#NeverAgain” que comenzó con cuatro alumnos y
On Feb. 21, hundreds of Broward County students walked out of their classrooms, showing support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as well as protesting gun violence generally. Piper High School in Sunrise organized “#MSDStrong Remembrance Week” with the help of Susan Ortiz, an English teacher. The planned events consist of a peace walk, butterfly release and a moment of silence on Friday. Throughout the week
On Feb. 14, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, opened fire in the school. There were 17 fatalities and 30 injuries. In the aftermath of the worst mass school shooting in Florida’s history, South Florida News Service is taking a closer look at school shootings in Florida in the last five years.
On Feb. 15, the community of Parkland held a candlelight vigil at Pine Trails Park for the 17 lives that were lost in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day prior. The event received an extensive amount of attention from various news outlets, which stirred mixed feelings among the grieving students. Still, several said they hoped the coverage would lead to stricter gun control measures. By Victoria Salas South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram