• ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) --  Broward County sheriff's deputies will now carry AR-15 rifles while on school campuses following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week, Sheriff Scott Israel announced today.The new policy was implemented Wednesday morning. In lieu of gun lockers, the only time deputies will not be "slinging a rifle" is when the firearm is locked in police vehicles, Israel said.The rifles will not be fully automatic and will only be handled by deputies who are "trained and qualified" to operate them, Israel said.The suspect in the shooting, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, allegedly used a variant of the AR-15 to carry out the deadly attack, which killed 17 people, authorities said.When asked by a reporter what the motive in the shooting was, Israel responded, "Pure evil."Israel suggested a "three-pronged approach" to better secure schools, which includes fortifying the buildings, evaluating how many school resource deputies are needed at each school and sensible gun control."There are some people in this country that shouldn't be allowed to have a gun," Israel said. At least one armed school resource deputy was on campus at the time of the shooting, and his response and actions will be "looked at and scrutinized," Israel said."You're darn right he was prepared to do something about it," Israel said of the school resource deputy.On Wednesday, President Donald Trump held a listening session with students and parents affected by school shootings. In addition, lawmakers in Florida are facing political pressure following the Parkland shooting. Israel thanked the numerous law enforcement agencies that assisted in the shooting response and commended the students who traveled to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., to speak out about gun control.The sheriff vowed to remain transparent throughout the investigation and keep the public informed as important information comes to light.Cruz was arrested in a residential neighborhood near his former high school more than an hour after the shooting began. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and is being held in a Broward County jail.
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  • Don Juan Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Florida high school students who survived last week's deadly shooting are demanding gun control say they aren't fighting to get rid of firearms completely, but lawmakers on both sides of the debate must find a "middle ground" to put an end to the violence.Kyle Kashuv, Kai Koerber and Olivia Feller were among dozens of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland who traveled to Florida's capital city Wednesday to demand gun restrictions, one week after 17 of their classmates and teachers were gunned down. The three students, who appeared on "The View" via satellite from Tallahassee, said they understand the concerns of Americans who firmly support the Second Amendment, which protects "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.""I totally understand the concern and some aspects I really agree with it," Kashuv, 16, said on "The View" Wednesday. "We have to make sure we get the middle ground. ... Congress has to make sure that they enact laws that distinctly make sure that this can't spiral out of control.""That's why this has become a bipartisan issue," he continued. "We really want to see reform, and the subject isn't taking away all guns; it's making sure atrocities such as these never happen again." For instance, the students said the age to purchase an AR-15-style rifle, the weapon used in the Feb. 14 massacre, shouldn't be younger than the age requirement to purchase a handgun."There should be no distinguishing," said Koerber, 16. "It should be one age per all guns across the board." The Florida state House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected a bill to ban purchases of many assault rifles, like the one 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly used to open fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last week. The bill would have also barred purchases of large-capacity magazines statewide.The 71-36 vote in the Republican-controlled body shocked students who were sitting in the gallery of the Capitol building."Obviously it was a disappointment, but I don't think that this procedural issue should affect the resolve of our movement," Koerber said on "The View" Wednesday. "At the end of the day, our mission is to get people talking. We don't expect to achieve immediate results." Kashuv, Koerber and Feller rallied alongside scores of their classmates as well as hundreds of students from other schools at the state Capitol in Tallahassee this afternoon, calling for legislative action in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.Survivors of the Valentine's Day shooting also are planning a "March For Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., on March 24."We are definitely going to make sure that this movement continues and our voices continue to be heard and that no one is able to forget this event in order to prevent mass shootings from happening in the future," Feller, 16, said on "The View" today.She added, "It’s not about a political debate between the two parties, it’s about saving lives."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The stepmother of a 5-year-old boy who's been missing since Saturday has been arrested, officials announced Wednesday.Wichita police said 26-year old Emily Glass was arrested for child endangerment as they continue to look for Lucas Hernandez.Sedgwick County jail records indicate Glass was booked at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday afternoon on two counts of child endangerment. Police confirmed that Lucas and another child were involved, but did not identify the other child.Lucas disappeared from his Wichita, Kansas, home around 3 p.m. on Saturday, police said. According to police, Glass told investigators she last saw him in his bedroom just before she took a shower and fell asleep. Police were called to the home about three hours later and have been searching for Lucas ever since.  Lucas' great-aunt Sally Rasmussen told ABC News that she reported possible child abuse to Kansas Child Protective Services in May after seeing a picture of Lucas where it appeared he had marks on his arms and cheeks.Rasmussen did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on the arrest of Glass.The Kansas Department for Children and Families, of which Child Protective Services is a part, said it couldn't share any information on its cases either but expressed worry for Lucas.“We share the public’s concern regarding Lucas Hernandez," Theresa Freed, communications director for Kansas DCF, said in a statement to ABC News. "In the event the agency has information, we will share it with law enforcement, assisting them as requested.” Lucas has not been located yet, but officers expressed hope he will be found alive in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
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  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police(LAS VEGAS) -- The daughter of a homeless man who was killed in Las Vegas said she can finally breathe now that a suspect is behind bars.
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  • Mike Stocker-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz may have been left a large inheritance by his late parents, meaning he could potentially afford to hire private counsel and may not be allowed to use a court-appointed defender.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WHITTIER, Calif.) -- Two AR-15s and 90 high-capacity magazines were found at the home of a "disgruntled" teenager who was allegedly overheard threatening a school shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said.
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