High school shooting attack in Florida causes 17 deaths

February 16, 2018 | Brainwave Science



At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida. Twelve people were found dead inside the school, two were killed outside the building, one in the street and two died later in hospital from their injuries. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, is a former student at the school who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. He was armed with an AR-15 rifle, police declared.  The suspect escaped the police when the students fled but has now been caught and is in the law enforcement’s custody.

Three people remain in a critical condition and three others are in stable condition, health officials said. The suspect had reportedly been receiving treatment for mental health issues. This was not the first time when the suspect would come to school armed with a gun.

This is the sixth school shooting this year with victims and it’s the deadliest since 26 people were killed at Connecticut school Sandy Hook in 2012 by an armed suspect. It also is the deadliest ever at an American high school, surpassing the 1999 rampage at Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado, where two teenagers killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

Mr. Cruz was taken into custody without incident in the nearby town of Coral Springs about an hour after he left the high school, according to police.

President Donald Trump tweeted his “prayers and condolences” to those affected, but decided not to speak about the attack, reports said. Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the shooting was “designed & executed to maximize loss of life”. Congressman Ted Deutch, the district’s representative, tweeted: “I’m sick about this news from home. Just spoke with the sheriff. This is devastating.”




This tragedy is only the most recent one and with most deaths in a series of long similar actions taking place in the United States. In a changing world, police organizations are forced to continuously adapt and evolve to remain effective.

The tragedy that took place in Florida puts so many lives in danger and makes police’s role to protect its citizens even harder.

As this type of crime is not the first to happen, law enforcement needs to put in place a new strategy that can help prevent this from happening further. The current methods and technologies at their disposal are limited and time and cost consuming. Effective investigation and prosecution of criminal activities require proactive evidence collection and verification methods. DNA and fingerprints are types of evidence considered to be highly accurate but are only available in 1-2% of cases.

As a result of insufficient evidence and the lack of time and resources to collect it, the response to crime is often slow and inadequate. Law enforcement agents struggle to cope with sophisticated 21st-century threats mostly due to conventional technologies and traditional methods of collecting intelligence.




In this current world facing so many criminal acts, iCognative by Brainwave Science plays an instrumental role in the delivery of truth and justice by collecting intelligence and verifying evidence. The system enables law enforcement personnel to determine who the perpetrator of a crime is, by matching information of the crime scene directly from an infallible witness—the human brain.

In the current case, the suspect has already been taken into custody by authorities, but the technology can help gain a complete insight regarding the criminal act and detect if there are other criminal connections tied to him.

iCognative utilizes advancements made in the field of neuroscience to enable a highly accurate identification of a person by distinguishing what a suspect, witness, or victim truly knows. A 45 minutes test with 99% accuracy can detect between an innocent and a suspect. The involuntary brain response called P300 is the hallmark feature of the technology. The way the human brain functions fully eliminates all possible false negatives, false positives, and countermeasures. With Nikolas Cruz’s background of violent acts, the iCognative test could have determined in advance that the suspect had murderous intents and could have prevented the attack.  In cases where the criminal act has yet to take place, iCognative can accurately match what is stored in a suspect’s memory with information provided by informants.

iCognative sets the benchmark for innovation and performance, as it is a highly advanced, non-intrusive, and affordable security solution, showing a great value for law enforcement.




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