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Florida School Shooting: Football Coach Braved Bullets to Save Students, Says Report

The Miami Herald has reported that Coach Aaron Feis was initially said to be dead, leading to online tributes on social media. However it was later clarified that Feis was wounded but has survived the shooting.

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Updated:February 15, 2018, 10:13 AM IST
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Florida School Shooting: Football Coach Braved Bullets to Save Students, Says Report
Students released from a lockdown are overcome with emotion following following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Image: AP)
New Delhi: When Nicholas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon killing 17; unconfirmed reports had filled social media depicting the bravery of a slain football coach and security guard who jumped to protect his students from the shooter.

The Miami Herald has reported that Coach Aaron Feis was initially said to be dead, leading to online tributes on social media. However it was later clarified that Feis was wounded but has survived the shooting.

Feis worked as a security guard at the school for at least eight years and takes his role protecting students very seriously, said Andrew Hofmann to Miami Herald. Hofmann was a former student at the school who recently coached the swimming and water polo teams.

It was also reported that Feis was “dedicated to the safety of the school during the daytime.” Feis was described as a “quiet person” with a “good sense of humour.”

According to his bio on the school’s website, Feis graduated from Douglas High in 1999 and has worked at the school for his entire coaching career.

The New York Times reported that the gunman, armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, the authorities said.

Cruz began his shooting rampage outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in this suburban neighborhood shortly before dismissal time. Soon he began firing at students and teachers who were scurrying for cover.

Authorities have confirmed that 17 people were killed, including both students and adults, with two shot outside the school, one in the street, 12 inside the school and two dying from their wounds at the hospital.

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