Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Aftermath of Fla. School Shooting

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Aftermath of Fla. School Shooting

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla.- President Donald Trump came face-to-face Friday with hospitalized victims from Wednesday's school shooting in Florida and offered thanks to the doctors and nurses who helped the wounded, declaring "the job they've done is incredible."

Asked if he had talked with victims, Mr. Trump said: "I did indeed, and it's very sad something like that could happen."

Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump went to Broward Health North Hospital to praise the medical professionals who had responded to the shooting in nearby Parkland. They planned to meet with law enforcement officials at the Broward County Sheriff's Office later Friday.

But some of the parents, survivors and others affected by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were more interested in action to prevent future assaults than a presidential visit.

"I don't want Trump to come, but we want more gun safety," said 18-year-old Kevin Trejos, a senior at the school where 17 people were killed and 14 injured.

Mr. Trump marveled at the speed with which first-responders got victims to the hospital - but ignored shouted questions about whether guns should be more tightly regulated.

Guilty plea is likely

Defense attorneys for accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, plan to meet with prosecutors and offer a guilty plea in exchange for life in prison, Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said Friday.

"There is only one question: Should this young man live or should he die by execution?" he said. "We believe it's in nobody's best interest to go through a circus of a trial."

Though Broward County state prosecutors have not yet formally charged him, defense lawyers said they were certain that the Broward State Attorney's Office would seek the death penalty. In Florida, a 12-0 jury vote is required to sentence a convicted defendant to death.

School likely to be razed

Officials say the Florida school where the deadly shooting took place is likely to be torn down.

Broward County school officials have had preliminary discussions with top legislators about the idea of tearing down the three-story building and putting a memorial on the site. A new building would be built elsewhere on the school campus. …

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