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Several people are injured after a shooting at a south Florida high school, and the suspect is still at large, police said.
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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tweeted support for the victims of Wednesday’s mass shooting at his high school in Florida and pleaded for change.

Rizzo tweeted: “Parkland and Coral Springs please stay strong! This is out of control and and (sic) our country is in desperate need for change. I hope In this darkest of times back home this brings everyone together and we can find love. You’re all in my prayers “

The shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday afternoon left at least 17 dead. Students and teachers barricaded themselves inside classrooms and closets.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the shooter, identified as Nikolaus Cruz, 19, was armed with “countless” magazines and an AR-15 rifle. Cruz, a former student who had been expelled, was taken into custody about two hours after the shooting began.

More: Florida school shooting is the 6th to injure students this year

Rizzo is a three-time All-Star who helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series. In 2007, he was a sixth-round draft choice out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas by the Boston Red Sox.

Last year, he won the prestigious Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award from the MLB Players Association. The award is given to the player whose contributions in the community inspire others.

Rizzo isn’t the only Cub with a partial link to a recent mass shooting. All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant’s future sister-in-law and other friends were in attendance, but unharmed at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas last October. A gunman shot and killed 58 concertgoers from his hotel room.

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