Police recreated the Parkland shooting with this simple but horrifying animation

The victims, depicted as dots, change color when they’re injured or killed.
April 24, 2018, 9:29pm

Within 17 seconds of walking into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15, the gunman shot and killed his first victim, a new animation of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, shows.

In the next six minutes, he killed 16 more people.

The video, created by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, gave the first meeting of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission a chilling glimpse of the tragedy that struck on Feb. 14. During the meeting on Tuesday, a Broward Sheriff’s Office detective used the animation to lay out where and when the gunman, shown by a black dot, shot each of his victims.

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The victims, also depicted as dots, change color when they’re injured or killed. Students, in green, and teachers, in blue, turn yellow if they’re hit with a bullet, according to the sheriff’s office. When someone is fatally shot, their dot turns purple.

“I knew which dot was my daughter, so it was pretty brutal for me to watch,” said Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was murdered in the shooting, according to the Sun Sentinel, which first reported the animation. The Broward Sheriff's Office provided the video to VICE News.

Pollack is one of the members appointed to the safety commission, which was formed to analyze information from the Parkland school shooting and other mass shootings in Florida to make recommendations about how the system could be improved.

One of the main questions raised at the first meeting on Tuesday was about the design of the classrooms, according to the Sentinel. When the gunman attacked the high school, teachers had to lock classroom doors from the outside. Windows in the rooms also allowed the shooter to look inside and aim without entering them.

“I want everyone in Broward to know what happened,” Pollack said.

Cover image: Screenshot of the video, provided by the Broward Sheriff's Office.