ATLANTA — Counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd on Wednesday choked back tears as he confronted the grim details of the nation’s latest school shooting, a massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that authorities say took the life of more than 17 people.
“A child of God is dead,” the former FBI agent said.
“Cannot we acknowledge in this country that we cannot accept this?” he asked, choking back tears.
The Parkland shooting, which began shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, is among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.
The victims included students and adults, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.
The suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, is in custody, the sheriff said.
Cruz was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, and police are investigating his digital profile, Israel said.
So far, what they’ve found is “very, very disturbing,” he said.
“It’s a horrific, horrific day,” Israel said. “Just pray for this city. Pray for this school, the parents, the folks that lost their lives.”