The school shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is a national tragedy. For Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo, that tragedy hits closer to home.
Rizzo graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2007. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox, traded to the San Diego Padres, and eventually ended up with the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs.
Despite the national travels, Parkland still remains home.
Just last month, Rizzo hosted a fundraiser to with the goal of donating $150,000 to his former high school and the school has even named their baseball field after him.
“I owe the first start of my career to those who taught me the fundamental baseball skills I needed to become the player I am today,” said Rizzo at the time. “Without the help of my coaches, I don’t know if I would have had this much success. I am grateful for the support and encouragement they gave me when I needed it the most.”
The shooting on Wednesday was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and the eighteenth school shooting in this year alone.
As previously written on Rare, he shooting generated an enormous police response including at least one SWAT team equipped with a Bearcat vehicle and numerous paramedic teams. Margate Fire Department Chief Dan Booker confirmed to the Miami Herald that the department responded to a “mass casualty” event. The department estimates the incident–at this time–at “20-50” victims, per a Florida CBS affiliate.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says the first calls came in around 2:30 p.m. local time.
The suspected gunman in Wednesday’s horrific shooting at a Florida high school displayed a pattern of disturbing behavior and anger issues that got him flagged as a potential threat long before the shooting.
19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had been expelled from the school and did not graduate after causing so much concern that school administrators banned him from campus, according to police. The suspect’s former classmates revealed he had a history of making dark, gun-related jokes and suffered from “a lot of anger management issues.”