Multiple fatalities have been reported in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The shooting suspect is now in custody.
Deputies from the Coral Springs Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at 5901 Pine Island Rd. at 3:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters during a press conference that there were multiple fatalities, but declined to confirm the number.
Israel said the suspect is a former student of the high school and approximately 18 years old. “He was taken into arrest without incident,” he said.
He didn’t give details of when the suspect had attended the school. But the sheriffs says the suspect wasn’t currently enrolled.
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Israel also said the FBI has stepped in and will begin processing what he describes as “horrific scene.”
“This is a terrible day … This is catastrophic,” he added.
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Robert Runcie, superintendent with the Broward County Public Schools, and Florida Sen. Bill Nelso also told media there had been several fatalities.
“There are numerous fatalities. It’s a horrific situation,” Runcie told reporters. He said that there was no evidence of more than one shooter. “It is a horrible day for us,” he added.
The Broward County Sheriff’s office tweeted around 4:30 p.m. local time that there were approximately “14 victims” that were being transported to hospitals in the area.
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The sheriff’s office said on Twitter that the school immediately went into lockdown after the shooter open fired, but has since allowed students to leave the school. The sheriff’s office also tweeted that it received reports of multiple injuries. The exact number of injured is also unknown.
Emergency vehicles and tactical units were on the scene and students were seen coming out of the building with their hands over their heads.
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Shortly after the shooting was reported police warned teachers and students barricaded inside the school to remain inside until directed by police, and have warned all pedestrians to avoid the area.
Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut made a statement on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon about the Parkland shooting, blaming incidents like this on “our inaction.”
“This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America — this epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting,” said Murphy.
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He added that this marks the 18th school shooting in the United States this year. As of January 25, Global News reported that 11 school shootings had taken place in the U.S. in 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident Wednesday afternoon, offering condolences to the families of those affected by the shooting.
“No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” wrote the president.
He also added that he had spoken to Florida Gov. Rick Scott about the shooting.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared his condolences, tweeting that “Canadians have you in our hearts.”
A GoFundMe organized in support of the victims and their families was announced in a press conference on Thursday. Over $125,000 of the $300,000 goal was reached within one hour of the campaign’s creation.
Meanwhile, many stars have expressed their shock, grief and condolences to the victims and their families on social media: