National, local leaders express sorrow over Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting

PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) - Expressions of solidarity about Wednesday’s deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continued pouring in from public officials at national, statewide and South Florida levels.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to convey his condolences.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., spoke out about the toll the tragic incident has taken on loved ones. “This is a bad day for Florida and for the country, and you can imagine the grief of parents right now not knowing, as well as the students not knowing,” he said.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., confirmed he spoke with Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.

Speaking with Fox News, Wednesday evening, Rubio said he also spoke with BSO officials. “A terrible situation … My understanding is that the next-of-kin families have not yet been notified,” he said.

Rubio said gun control discussions should wait until more information about the shooting is revealed. “I also hope people reserve judgment. I’ve seen a lot of people on television talk about why this happened. The facts of the case were important, and as more details become available, we’ll have a deeper conversation about why these things are happening,” he said.

But in a video message tweeted just before 7:30 p.m., Miami Beach Mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine said now is the time to talk about gun control legislation.

“We need to ask ourselves a question: Have we done everything we could do to make our schools as safe as possible?” he said. “I can tell you that mayors and elected leaders in the State of Florida aren’t legally allowed to do anything to make gun ownership more responsible.”

Levine, who graduated from a Broward public high school, also said aid needs to be provided to the victims’ families. “I think, most importantly right now, the State of Florida needs to do everything to aid the families of the victims of this horrible shooting,” he said.

Trump also tweeted out that he spoke with Scott and that they are both “working closely with law enforcement.”

In a tweet, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. said she is “closely monitoring” the aftermath of the shooting as it unfolds.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla. also took to social media to send thoughts and prayers to the victims.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said he is “deeply concerned about the ongoing situation.”

Federal officials identified the gunman in the shooting as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.

According to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, Cruz was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas but was expelled “for disciplinary reasons.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott arrived in Parkland Wednesday night and took part in a news conference alongside Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and Runcie.

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