Shell casings were scattered all over. Gunshot victims lay in the silent hallways, first responders say.
As more details emerge on the Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead, some of the officers who rushed to the scene are sharing their accounts of the harrowing day.
Deputies were waiting outside when police arrived, sources say
When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.
Writer: Gun control debate could break America
National Review writer David French says the "vicious rhetoric" in the gun control debate is putting strains on the US system.
The warning signs authorities missed
A woman close to the Florida shooter called the FBI tip line in January with an alarming message: Nikolas Cruz is "going to explode."
Survivor: Resource officer broke his promise
A survivor of the Stoneman Douglas shooting says that students and parents did everything they could to report the Parkland gunman before the shooting.
FBI was warned gunman was 'going to explode'
When a woman close to the Parkland, Florida, school shooter called an FBI tip line in early January, she described a young man with an arsenal of knives and guns who was "going to explode" and said she feared him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up."
Shooter had described an emotional struggle in a 911 call
Nikolas Cruz had only recently moved in with a family friend weeks after his mother died when he reportedly called 911 to describe a tumultuous encounter with his new host.
These schools say arming teachers can be done right
Arming teachers may be a "terrible" or even a "ridiculous" idea to critics, but some teachers across the country already bring guns to school.
Mexico's President calls off a White House visit after a tense call with Trump, official says
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has called off an official trip to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump after a tense phone call brought the two leaders to a policy-driven standstill.
Schiff vs. Nunes: 5 areas where their intelligence memos disagree
Was the application to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page a major FBI and Justice Department abuse that amounted to politically motivated surveillance? Or was it the proper extension of an FBI counterintelligence investigation into Trump and Russia?
Trump calls Schiff a 'bad guy' and the Democratic memo 'a nothing'
President Donald Trump hit back at top House Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff in an interview Saturday night, dismissing a Democratic memo on FBI surveillance released earlier in the day as "a nothing."
CPAC panelist slams conservative 'hypocrisy' on Roy Moore, Trump accusations
Conservative writer Mona Charen criticized conservatives for defending President Trump amidst numerous harassment allegations at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Michael Steele: Saying that I got RNC chair just because I'm black is 'painfully stupid'
Michael Steele shot back Saturday at a Conservative Political Action Conference official for a racial comment he made about the former Republican National Committee chairman at a dinner Friday night.
See racial confrontation at CPAC
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele confronts CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp over racial comments a speaker made about Steele at the conservative conference.
Opinion: Parkland shooting reveals Trump's deepest flaws
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters."
Sources: Mueller probe holding up Kushner security clearance
Jared Kushner has been unable to obtain a full security clearance in part because of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
China to drop presidential term limits, clearing way for Xi Jinping to stay on
China's Communist Party (CCP) has proposed amending the country's constitution to allow President Xi Jinping to serve a third term in office.
'Notting Hill' actress dies at 53
British actress Emma Chambers, who starred alongside Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in the 1999 movie "Notting Hill," has died, according to her agent.
Beloved Bollywood actress Sridevi dies at 54
Veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi has died suddenly in Dubai at the age of 54.
Trump announces new sanctions against North Korea
President Donald Trump announced Friday that the US Treasury Department is imposing new sanctions against North Korea specifically targeting the country's shipping and trading companies and vessels in an effort to further isolate the rogue regime.
More companies cut ties with the NRA
Companies are cutting business ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting. CNN's Polo Sandoval reports.
Leaving Las Vegas? Dump your pot at the airport first
After spending time indulging in the pleasures of Sin City, tourists heading back home may need to leave a thing or two behind -- like their weed.
Opinion: What does Dana Loesch know about 'grieving black mothers in Chicago'?
Whenever we talk about guns in America, the card-carrying members of the National Rifle Association are always the mouthpieces, equating being a gun owner with American hyper-patriotism. The historian Richard Hofstadter described the concept of "gun culture" -- guns viewed by many as part of America's heritage: "an ingredient in the American imagination."
Security Council approves Syria ceasefire. Airstrikes follow.
Bombing continued in Syria's besieged Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus even as the UN Security Council tries again to vote for a temporary ceasefire in the war-ravaged country Saturday.
Report: Jags re-sign divisive QB for $66.5M
Reports: Jimmy Butler tears meniscus
Stephen Curry opens up on Trump feud
NBA star Stephen Curry sits down with CNN's Van Jones to talk about President Trump tweeting that Curry was not invited to the White House.
'Shape of Water' suit filed right before Oscars
One of the Oscar frontrunners has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Actor alleges that he was groped
Actor Brendan Fraser is alleging that former Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk groped him at a 2003 event.
Delta and United end NRA partnerships
KFC apologizes with a hilarious hidden message
Snapchat stock sinks after Kylie Jenner tweet
Jane Seymour poses for Playboy, talks #MeToo
Seymour is one of the oldest models to ever pose for Playboy. In an interview with the magazine, she said she almost quit acting because of sexual harassment.
Plastic straw makers brace for bans
Up to 50% off California hotel & attraction deals
Stolen Degas painting is found in bus
French painter Edgar Degas' rousing depiction of singers at an opera has been found in -- of all places -- a parked bus, nine years after it was stolen from a Marseille museum.
Why this 1974 crime still matters
The kidnapping of Patty Hearst can seem as distant in time as a yellowed newspaper clipping -- and as current as today's bit-borne headline.
'Stranger Things' star dances with penguins
A gold-medal worthy photo. A sneaky photoshoot. And picture-perfect penguins. It's time for this week's politics-free side of the news.
The week in 36 photos
Take a look at 36 photos of the week from February 16 through February 22.
Olympic legend: I was warned to not get pregnant
Beach volleyball legend Kerri Walsh Jennings was six weeks pregnant when she won a gold medal in the London Olympics - but she says she was warned to hold off on starting a family or she may lose her sponsors. She sits down with CNNMoney's Ahiza Garcia to talk about the challenges of being a mother and a professional athlete.
Living 24 hours with 'Day Zero' water rations
It's a frustrating feeling to wake up and realize that you don't have running water.
For self-driving cars, car washes are a nightmare
How does KFC run out of chicken?
Asia wants some of Trump's infrastructure billions
Trump is the NRA's apprentice
What it will take for Parkland students to win the battle ahead?
Will US and Australia still be 'mates'?
Senator: Trump is in the back pocket of billionaires
Surviving a 6-year battle with an eating disorder
I remember a therapist telling me not to worry about how my kid got sick.
Newtown parents: Online platforms are caving to hoaxers
Experts are urging Americans to refinance in 2018.
7 risks of uncontrolled severe asthma
Fastest way to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt
Meet the Mueller team
What is Adam Schiff's next political move?
Adam Schiff's profile is on the rise in Democratic politics -- but nobody seems to know what the California congressman will do next.
The life and career of Robert Mueller
CNN's Gloria Borger profiles Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the man tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Parkland survivor tells Melania Trump: To combat cyberbullying, start with Trump Jr.
A Parkland school shooting survivor is calling for Melania Trump to fulfill her pledge to combat cyberbullying -- starting with her own family.
Why the NRA is so powerful on Capitol Hill
Largest brain tumor 'in the world' removed from man's head
A surgeon in India has removed a 1.873 kg (4.1 lb) tumor from a 31-year old man at a government hospital in Mumbai, India.
Opioid addiction could be genetic
Researchers have identified another gene that could influence the risk of opioid dependence, a new study shows, adding to the evidence that genetic factors play a crucial role in determining who develops addiction.
Neanderthals, humans more alike than we thought
Neanderthals may not have been that different from us, after all.
Award season as Hollywood resets
'Sex and the City's' Jason Lewis is 'Team SJP'
He may have played the lover of Kim Cattrall's character on "Sex and the City" but Jason Lewis is definitely Team Sarah Jessica Parker.
'Game Night' serves up a comedy winner
Two words, nine letters: "Game Night" is a riot -- an energetic, consistently clever comedy that playfully toys with the expectations of a savvy audience weaned on such fare. Filled with knowing pop-culture references and deriving laughs from every key character, it's the kind of smart, fast-paced entertainment that makes a pretty delicate juggling act look easy.
Stephen Fry reveals he has prostate cancer
Stephen Fry, the British actor, comedian, writer, game show host and raconteur, has revealed he is being treated for prostate cancer.
'Simpsons' showrunner slams Ted Cruz
¡Ay, caramba! Ted Cruz.
The bizarre double life of an American heiress
Listen ↓ : Patty Hearst goes on the run
CNN anchor to NRA spokeswoman: How dare you
CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asks NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch why she said "many in legacy media love mass shootings."
'Family Feud' Supposed to be Hiltons vs. Kardashians but Hiltons Bailed
The Kardashians played against each other on "Family Feud," but TMZ has learned it wasn't supposed to be that way ... it was scheduled to be a showdown between the Kardashians and the Hiltons. Sources connected to the production tell us ... they…
Justin Bieber Downsizes With New $17.9 Million WeHo Rental
For most Justin Bieber's new modern crib would be a dream come true, but by Bieber's standards it's a shell of his last place. The Biebs just secured a new rental ... a $17.9 million crib in West Hollywood above the Sunset Strip. At 6,000…
Drake's Dad: I 'Love' LaVar Ball 'Cause He Refuses to Kiss Ass!
LaVar Ball just got the stamp of approval from one of the most famous dads in the world, not named LaVar Ball -- 'cause Drake's pops says he's ALL ABOUT the Ballfather!! We got Dennis Graham out at TAO in L.A. -- and he laid out the #1 reason why…
J Balvin Drops $15k on 'Flawless' Grill
Reggaeton star J Balvin added a lot of flash to his smile ... or at least half of it, because his bottom teeth are blingin' like crazy now. The "Mi Gente" singer hooked up with celeb jeweler Mr. Flawless to commission a perfect grill ... which…
UFC's Brendan Schaub: Floyd's Done But 'I Guarantee' Conor Fights Nate Again
Dana White says a Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather rematch in the UFC is MORE likely than Conor vs. Nate Diaz 3 ... but ex-UFC star Brendan Schaub is calling BS. We got Brendan -- an analyst on the MayMac media tour -- to break down…
'Bold and the Beautiful' Star Winsor Harmon Arrested for Drunk in Public
This one's bold, but it ain't beautiful -- Winsor Harmon was arrested after allegedly getting loaded in his car and peeing in front of a live audience ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us the famous soap star -- who starred in…
Sugar Ray Leonard and Bruce Buffer Bro Out, Then Disagree on Floyd vs. Conor
Here's video of Sugar Ray Leonard and Bruce Buffer giving daps at LAX ... then giving waaay different takes on how Floyd Mayweather would do against Conor McGregor in the UFC! The meet-up happened courtesy of our photog -- who spotted the…
'Seven Seconds' Star Clare-Hope Ashitey Says U.S. Race Relations Worse than England
Clare-Hope Ashitey -- star of the new Netflix drama "Seven Seconds" -- is addressing the issue of race in America ... by pointing out the vast differences between the U.S. and her homeland. We got the English actress at LAX Friday, and she tells us…
PyeongChang Winter Olympics -- The Gold, The Bad and The Awesome!
With record-breaking gold medals, gruesome wipeouts and even a few wardrobe malfunctions, the 2018 Winter Olympics was nothing shy of entertaining. Relive all the chilling highlights from PyeongChang by sliding through the gallery of the most…
Floyd Mayweather -- Good Genes or Good Docs?
Floyd Mayweather's good looks are also undefeated! Here's a 21-year-old version of the fresh-faced professional boxer after winning a fight back in 1998 (left) and 20 years later ... the champ -- who celebrated his 41st…
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Seen Out Together for First Time Since Stormi's Birth
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott took a parenting break to spend some quality time together, and we got them taking off in a HOT whip afterward ... probably to get home to their baby. The couple was spotted at Nobu Malibu Saturday afternoon -- the…
LeGarrette Blount Calls Jonathan Martin's Gun Pic 'Disturbing' and Hopes He Gets Help
Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount's deeply disturbed by the situation with ex-NFL lineman Jonathan Martin, but hopes catching an early warning sign is good for everyone ... including Martin. We got Blount at LAX Friday and talked about the troubling gun…
Chris Brown Surprises Women's Dance Class, Hooks Them Up with Swag
Chris Brown stopped by a women's dance class unannounced this week, gave a pep talk and hooked them up with his merch ... then they busted out their moves. CB surprised the ladies at A-List Music & Co. in L.A. Wednesday by popping in the studio…
'Platinum' Mike Perry: I Could Kill Someone For Real in a UFC Fight
UFC stars claim they're gonna "kill" their opponents all the time ... but "Platinum" Mike Perry says he's the only guy who actually could -- and he's dead serious. "People freak out when I go on social media and say, 'I'm gonna kill you' ...…
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Up Against Kendall, Khloe and Kris for 'Family Feud' Taping
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West vs. Khloe and Kendall Jenner sounds like a face-off in the fashion world, but instead ... it's all about game show pride!!! Kim's been posting behind-the-scenes footage of the family's apparent upcoming appearance on…
U.S. Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill Listened to The Game's 'Red Nation' Night of bin Laden Raid
The U.S. Navy SEAL who's credited with firing the kill shots on Osama bin Laden says he listened to a banger the night of the raid, and we gotta say ... it's an excellent choice. We got retired Navy SEAL, Robert O'Neill, heading into the…
'Notting Hill' Actress Emma Chambers Dies at 53
Emma Chambers -- best known for her role as Honey in the rom-com "Notting Hill" -- has died from natural causes ... according to her agent. The English actress appeared alongside Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the hit 1999 film, and was a star on…
Justin Theroux's Neighbor Sides with Jennifer Aniston, Saying She Hated his Apartment (UPDATE)
10:30 AM PT -- A rep for Justin tells TMZ ... "Resnicow’s bizarre comments might carry more weight had he ever actually met Jen or toured Justin’s apartment, neither of which has ever happened." As for the alleged water damage ... the…
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Surprises Fan on FaceTime: Will You Go to Prom with Cate?
Stud Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster got a Hail Mary attempt from a high school girl looking to spice up her promposal, and as expected ... he came through big-time. Here's how it went down -- Cate Bauer, a junior at Manasquan High School in…
Facebook Jumps $13 Bil Since Kylie Jenner's Snapchat Slam
Kylie Jenner's good for business ... if you're in the Facebook business. Sorry, Snapchat. As we reported ... Snapchat's value plummeted a whopping $1.3 billion the day after Kylie tweeted 18 simple words to bash the app. And, as of Friday's market…