Report: Armed security guard sought cover during school shooting

Students released from a lockdown embrace following following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

School Resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson, sought cover from accused shooter Nikolas Cruz during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, according to the New York Times.

In an interview with the Times, Coral Springs Officer Burton said Deputy Peterson “was seeking cover behind a concrete column leading to a stairwell.” Burton told the Times he worried the gunman could be lurking in the lot because he heard no gunshots or screams to guide him toward the site of the shooting, says NYT.

Sheriff Scott Israel said Peterson was armed and in uniform near the building but "he never went in." Israel suspended Peterson without pay pending an internal investigation. Peterson, according to Israel, resigned.

Nikolas Cruz, a former student, is accused of killing 17 on February 14.

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