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Florida School Shooting Thousands Join Anti-Gun Rally ... Student Gives Rousing Speech

2/17/2018 12:38 PM PST
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Survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week are crying out for something to be done about it ... and thousands have gathered in support.

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at the Parkland, FL school, gave a passionate speech at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale Saturday ... calling out for gun control in the wake of the massacre by Nikolas Cruz that left 17 people dead.

Emma blasted the treatment of her fellow students following the shooting, statements by President Trump and other politicians, and the NRA ... before leading chants of "We call BS!" Check out her full speech below.

Meanwhile in Miami -- less than 50 miles away from the site of the school shooting -- one of the region's largest gun shows is also going down. More than 140 vendors were reportedly at the Miami Gun Show Saturday morning, selling a variety of weapons ... including AR-15s.

As we reported ... Cruz used an AR-15 bought from a local gun shop to carry out his attack.

'Sharknado' Star Tears Up Over FL School Shooting ... Helping Alma Mater Heal

2/17/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cassie Scerbo used to walk the same hallways where Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 people, and believes school officials shouldn't be blamed for the massacre.

Cassie graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2008. She says it was always a safe and nurturing environment, and while some critics are pointing fingers at administrators for a lack of security leading up to Wednesday's mass shooting -- she says they did everything they could.

The "Sharkando" and "Bring It On: In It to Win It" actress says she's close family friends with Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo ... who's also an MSD grad.

She told us how they're planning to come together to help their hometown recover in the coming weeks.

Nikolas Cruz Gun Shop Getting Blasted Online ... Gets Help from Yelp

2/16/2018 12:44 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Florida gun store that sold Nikolas Cruz the weapon he used to kill 17 people is getting attacked online by people blaming them for the massacre, and it's gotten so bad ... Yelp's offering the business some protection.

Sunrise Tactical Supply sold Cruz the AR-15 a year ago. Although cops say the sale was completely legal, the backlash against Sunrise has been swift and severe on its Yelp page. Some commenters call the company "merchants of death," and say it's "complicit" in the Florida shooting because they sold the rifle to an 18-year-old "with mental problems."

Not shockingly, they're also getting a wave of 1-star reviews.

A Yelp rep tells TMZ ... they've now placed an active cleanup alert on Sunrise's page to remind users that comments not based on firsthand experience will be removed. We're told the goal is to "shield businesses from online harassment" as a result of media attention.

Doug Rudman, the attorney for Sunrise Tactical's owners, tells us the ATF has exonerated his clients and made it clear they the sale to Cruz was completely on the up-and-up. Until further notice, however, it is reported that the shop is closed indefinitely.

Cardi B I'm Not Talking Pregnancy ... Not Yet, Anyway

2/16/2018 9:18 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B's not ready to say if she's pregnant, but she's also not gonna say she isn't. 

We got the rapper leaving her hotel in NYC Friday morning -- presumably to catch her flight to L.A. for NBA All-Star Weekend -- but she waved off any talk about babies on board.

But here's something ... Cardi also posted a vid of herself dancing in a bra and sweats Friday -- apparently, the same sweats we saw her in -- and she certainly doesn't look 3 to 4 months pregnant like one of her people told a staffer at a Super Bowl party.

Cardi does tell us one thing, though -- she's excited for All-Star Weekend ... and doesn't seem concerned at all about any issues with the Crips.

Florida Mass School Shooting Bulletproof Backpack In High Demand

2/16/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

There has been a run on bulletproof backpacks in the aftermath of the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ... TMZ has learned. 

A company called Bullet Blocker sells the fortified knapsacks for anywhere between $200 and $500. We're told the company sold 500 of the bags Thursday, a 30% spike in regular sales since the shooting. 

The company's owner, Joe Curran, tells us the majority of the backpacks sold this week are headed to Florida.   

The item is made with a Kevlar lining and weighs about 4 1/2 pounds.  

Joe's company sells a bunch of bulletproof gear on a regular basis, but he says Thursday, backpacks were at the top of his sales list, and most of those sales were in Florida.

BTW ... the company also sells bulletproof luxury items, like Gucci bomber jackets and Hermes bags.

A sign of the times. 

Elizabeth Warren 'NRA Owns Congress'

2/16/2018 7:13 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the Florida mass shooting is sadly a vicious cycle set on repeat ... and her colleagues won't do anything about it because they're a bunch of muppets for the NRA.

We got Senator Warren Thursday night at LAX and asked her to offer us a ray of hope following Wednesday's tragedy in Parkland, Fla. ... where Nikolas Cruz brutally killed 17 people at his old high school.

As you can see, Warren struggles to offer a pep talk because she sees no end in sight.

Anthony Rizzo Gives Powerful Speech At Vigil for Florida Shooting Victims

2/15/2018 6:57 PM PST
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Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo choked back tears while delivering a powerful speech at the vigil for those lost in the tragic shooting at his H.S. alma mater ... and he's calling for the government to make a change.

Rizzo -- who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL -- addressed the crowd mourning the 17 people killed in Wednesday's massacre ... promising to do whatever he can to help his community.

"I've been very impressed with talking to the students and how they're taking care of each other and how they're coming together," Rizzo said.

"I want you to know that you're not alone in your grief."

Rizzo added "I'm a baseball player, but I'm also an American, I'm a Floridian, and I'm a Parklander for life."

"While I don't have all the answers, I know that something has to change before this is visited by another community and another community and another community."

We also talked to PGA golfer Nicholas Thompson -- who was born and raised in the area, and graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. -- about the impact the shooting has had on his family, and how he plans to help the community heal.

Sen. Cruz on FL Shooting Hypocrite Celebs Want Gun Control For Everyone, But Their Bodyguards

2/15/2018 4:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't want to hear a peep from Hollywood about gun control -- in the wake of the Florida high school shooting -- 'cause he says they're operating under a double standard.

We got Cruz Thursday in D.C. and he says celebs weighing in on gun control is totally hypocritical -- considering the kind of firepower their security details use. The Senator added, the cry for new gun laws after tragedies like the Parkland shooting undermines the true intent of the 2nd Amendment ... in his eyes.

He held up the heroics of a citizen during the Sutherland Springs, TX mass shooting as an example of ordinary Americans needing to be armed.

Cruz got a few of the facts wrong, but he's making his point, loud and clear here.

Florida School Shooter Stopped at Subway, McDonald's ... Before Being Captured

2/15/2018 2:33 PM PST
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Nikolas Cruz -- the alleged shooter who killed 17 people at a Florida high school -- casually blended in with fleeing students while making his getaway ... then stopped at Subway for a drink.

Law enforcement says Cruz entered a nearby Walmart shortly after ending his shooting spree and went inside to order a drink at the Subway inside the store. He then left the store on foot and walked to McDonald's, where he laid low for a few minutes ... before taking off on foot.

Cops caught up with Cruz about 40 minutes later and arrested him.

As we reported ... Cruz made online threats about a mass campus shooting 9 months ago, and was even reported to the FBI for more disturbing YouTube comments back in September.

Dolphins' Andre Branch Reacts to Florida Shooting: 'We Live in a Sick World'

2/15/2018 1:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A Miami Dolphins player is devastated by the mass school shooting that happened in his own backyard ... and he's calling for change.

Andre Branch gave TMZ Sports his take on the tragedy the morning after 17 high school students and teachers were gunned down in Parkland, Florida -- less than 30 miles from his home in Ft. Lauderdale -- and he essentially echoed Warriors coach Steve Kerr in calling for stricter gun laws.

"We live in a sick world," Branch said. "There's no reason that an individual, a child, should walk into a high school and be able to shoot up his peers and teachers."

FYI, Kerr went off after the shooting on Wednesday, saying -- "It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death, day after day in schools ... it's disgusting."

Andre added -- "We gotta do better as a country and just as people ... and continue to support one another."

Alleged Shooter Nikolas Cruz Appears in Court

2/15/2018 11:06 AM PST
Breaking News

1:29 PM PT -- Cruz confessed to the shooting and told cops he was hiding extra ammunition in his backpack, this according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press.

Nikolas Cruz -- the 19-year-old man accused of murdering 17 people at his old high school in Parkland, Florida -- appeared in court for the first time Thursday.

Cruz, accompanied by two attorneys and several police officers, remained silent while his charges -- 17 counts of premeditated murder -- were read aloud. Cruz will be held without bond. 

As we reported ... Cruz threatened 9 months ago to carry out a mass shooting ... posting a comment on a YouTube video about the Texas University clock tower shootings, saying "I am going to [do] what he did." He also said he wished "to kill as many as I can."

Cruz is accused of using an AR-15 rifle to carry out the murders. He was taken to jail Thursday morning wearing a hospital gown.

Alleged Shooter Nikolas Cruz Obsessed Over Guns, Violence ... on Social Media

2/15/2018 11:40 AM PST

Nikolas Cruz was hooked on weapons and violence ... and that obsession was played out over and over again on his social media pages. 

The 19-year-old posed with guns, knives and even bragged about killing a frog on his Instagram account. Cruz is also seen sporting a  Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hat in another post ... and Cruz allegedly posted pics of shotguns and military-grade rifle bullets on another personal Instagram account.

As we reported ... Cruz participated in at least one training exercise with a white supremacist group.

Cruz -- who 9 months ago threatened to carry out a mass shooting -- is accused of using an AR-15 rifle to carry out the murders. He remained silent while his charges -- 17 counts of premeditated murder -- were read aloud Thursday in court.

Nikolas Cruz Trained with White Supremacists Leader Confirms Affiliation

2/15/2018 10:07 AM PST

The man who allegedly shot and killed 17 people at his former high school reportedly trained with a local white supremacist group in Florida before the massacre.

Jordan Jereb -- the leader of the white supremacist group Republic of Florida (ROF) -- told the Anti-Defamation League Thursday suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz had participated in at least one training exercise of theirs near Tallahassee, carpooling with other members.

Jereb said Cruz was "brought up" by another ROF member, but added that neither he nor anyone in ROF had directed Cruz to carry out the alleged crime.

Cruz has been charged with premeditated murder. At least 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL ... and Cruz is currently in custody.

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