A dozen individuals have been killed inside the varsity, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel advised reporters Wednesday night. Three extra died outdoors, and two others at space hospitals.
The capturing occurred shortly earlier than courses have been dismissed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland, northwest of Fort Lauderdale.
Police have took the suspected shooter into custody, the Broward County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
Two regulation enforcement officers recognized the suspect in custody as Nicolas Cruz.
Robert Runcie, the superintendent of Broward County Public Faculties, informed reporters on the scene that there are “quite a few fatalities.”
“It’s a day you pray every single day you do not have to see,” Runcie stated.
He stated officers weren’t conscious of threats made earlier than the incident.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Workplace stated there have been no less than 14 victims within the incident. It was unclear what number of had been injured and what number of had been killed.
Earlier within the day, Dan Booker, a fireplace chief from a close-by metropolis, had stated that the variety of injured might stretch a lot greater, estimating 20 to 50 victims. A few of these injured are college students who have been shot, Booker stated.
Booker stated he was looking for help from the Coast Guard and different businesses as a result of many victims will have to be transported by helicopter.
Video from the scene confirmed police surrounding the constructing and college students being shortly marched away from Stoneman Douglas Excessive. Information cameras additionally captured individuals being wheeled out on stretchers, although their circumstances weren’t instantly clear. A tweet from the varsity’s father or mother district, Broward County Public Faculties, stated, “We’re receiving phrase of a number of accidents.”
Police from close by Coral Springs, who have been additionally responding to the incident, urged college students and academics to stay barricaded inside the varsity. Regulation enforcement officers stated they have been clearing college students constructing by constructing.
The varsity, which opened within the early Nineteen Nineties, had greater than three,000 college students within the 2015-2016 faculty yr, in response to federal knowledge.
Gov. Rick Scott, R, stated he had been briefed by the Broward County sheriff, whose company was main the response, in addition to by the county’s faculty superintendent. President Trump was notified of the capturing, White Home deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters stated.
“The president has been made conscious of the varsity capturing in Florida. We’re monitoring the state of affairs. Our ideas and prayers are with these affected,” Walters stated.
The Broward County faculty system wrote in a message on Twitter…