FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – An individual opened hearth at a Florida highschool on Wednesday afternoon, injuring a number of individuals and sending tons of of scholars fleeing into streets as regulation enforcement officers looked for a shooter who remained at giant.
Shortly earlier than college students have been to be dismissed for the day, the sound of gunfire ripped by way of the air, faculty officers Broward County faculty officers stated on Twitter, including that a number of individuals had been injured within the incident.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland, about forty five miles north of Miami, had been positioned on a “code pink” lockdown however had no info on how many individuals had been injured, a spokeswoman for the county sheriff’s workplace stated. The sheriff’s workplace stated on Twitter that the shooter was nonetheless at giant.
Faculty officers and police requested mother and father who have been in contact with their youngsters to inform them to stay hidden in lecture rooms whereas police looked for the shooter.
“Police are working an lively shooter scene, and ask that in case you are in contact together with your scholar you ask that they continue to be calm and barricaded till police come to their room, that is for everybody’s security,” Coral Springs police stated on Twitter.
Panicked mother and father checked on their youngsters.
“My daughter, as of proper now, she’s nonetheless trapped in a closet. She’s afraid to talk,” a person who recognized himself as Caesar Figueroa and stated his daughter was inside the varsity, advised CBS Information.
“I informed her, ‘Do not name me, as a result of I do not need nobody to listen to your voice.’ So, she’s nonetheless trapped in a closet in there.”
The Miami Herald quoted an area hearth chief as saying that a minimum of one individual had been killed within the assault. Florida’s WSVN-TV reported 20 individuals might have been injured. Reuters was not capable of instantly affirm these stories.
Stay tv confirmed dozens of scholars, weaving their means between regulation enforcement officers with heavy weapons and helmets, and enormous numbers of emergency automobiles together with police automobiles, ambulances and hearth vans.
Native FOX-10 TV reported that 5 individuals have been seen being handled by paramedics.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott stated on Twitter that had he had been in contact with native officers concerning the incident.
The capturing was the newest in a lethal collection of assaults at U.S. faculties. A 15-yr-previous gunman in January killed two college students at a Benton, Kentucky, highschool.
(Further reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinski)