At least 17 people were killed and over a dozen more injured in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida Wednesday, according to law enforcement officials.
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Not long after the news broke, politicians reacted on Twitter as details about the shooting were still unclear. An investigation into the motive had only just begun on Wednesday as the officials, some local and others national, responded.
While many offered their prayers, some, like Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., invoked previous attacks and appealed for change from the Senate floor.
My heart is heavy over the school shooting in Florida. Keeping all affected in my thoughts & prayers.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 14, 2018
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Just spoke with @POTUS about shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the entire community. We will continue to receive briefings from law enforcement and issue updates.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) February 14, 2018
Just spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 14, 2018
Praying for everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Just spoke with Broward Undersheriff to ensure they have everything they need. And just spoke to FBI to make sure all federal resources are being made available to help. Will continue to monitor closely.— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) February 14, 2018
Our worst fears are being realized. It looks like it’s a number of fatalities. Praying for all those students, families and school members affected at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) February 14, 2018
Sen. Bill Nelson tells @gstephanopoulos that "we'll have another round of all of this debate" over background checks and other gun restrictions once investigation is under way. https://t.co/4QuB0GYG2P pic.twitter.com/MTQnooZg8I— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2018
Parkland is an idyllic community. Tragedies like this occur everywhere. School shootings occur everywhere. This is horrific. https://t.co/ygR6Z5gmgN— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) February 14, 2018
Oh no. Again. Sending every good thought I have to Parkland right now. https://t.co/gR57dPrcBU— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 14, 2018
Sen. Chris Murphy addresses Florida school shooting on Senate floor: "Let me just note once again for my colleagues...We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else." https://t.co/BuEAqG21or pic.twitter.com/h2ODRP5g7N— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2018
April 16, 2007, was the worst day of my life—when 32 people were shot and killed at Virginia Tech. Nearly 11 years later, there are far too many "worst days" in America. The people of Parkland, Florida, are facing one of them today. I am heartbroken and grieve with them.— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) February 14, 2018