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Gov. Scott: Florida leaders will address mental illness

Scott said he would work with state lawmakers to make sure people with mental illness do not get guns.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (blue shirt) addresses the media on Feb. 15, 2018, one day after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

PARKLAND, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and other Florida officials spoke Thursday morning about a mass shooting at a south Florida High school.

During the news conference, Scott usaid he would work with state lawmakers in Tallahassee next week to make sure people with mental illness do not get guns.

"How do we make sure when a parent is ready to send their child to school, that in Florida, that parent knows their child is going to be safe?" Scott said. "Number two, how do we make sure that individuals with mental illness do not touch a gun?"

Scott said state leaders will look at how they can make sure something like Wednesday's shooting never happens again.

Watch: Click or tap here to watch Thursday's entire news conference

On Thursday, Israel said an armed officer on campus at the time of the deadly shooting never encountered the suspect during the attack at Marjory Douglas High School. The shooting killed at least 17 people.

Israel said authorities had notified all the victims' families. Authorities are expected to release the full list of victims' names at some point Thursday.

The 19-year-old suspected gunman is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the Wednesday afternoon shooting in Parkland, Florida.

During an address to the nation Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his plan to visit the site of the school shooting. He ordered a proclamation honoring the victims, which includes lowering U.S. flags to half-staff until sunset on Monday, Feb. 19.

Scott also ordered flags to half-staff in Florida to mourn the victims.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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