Florida high school shooter in custody, sheriff’s office says

 

UPDATE 6:05 p.m. EST: PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County says 17 people died in the shooting on a South Florida high school. He says the 19-year-old suspect is in custody, and investigators are beginning to “dissect” what happened in the attack Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

He says the suspect, a former student, was previously expelled for disciplinary reasons.

Israel says the man had at least one rifle and multiple magazines.

He says most of the fatalities were inside the building though some were found fatally shot outside.


UPDATE: The Broward County sheriff says 17 people were killed in the mass shooting at a high school in South Florida Wednesday.

The sheriff informed people of the death toll during a news conference Wednesday evening.

UPDATE 4:32 p.m. EST: PARKLAND, Fla. (AP)- US official: Florida school shooter identified as Nikolas Cruz.


UPDATE 4:25 EST: PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – A school official says there are numerous fatalities from the high school shooting in South Florida.

Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie says “There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation.” He added, “It is a horrible day for us.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Wednesday afternoon that “so far we have at least 14 victims.” The tweet added: “Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.”

The sheriff’s statement didn’t elaborate on the victims or their injuries.


UPDATE: The shooter who opened fire at a school in Florida is now in custody, according to the local sheriff’s department.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says the shooter has been arrested.

 


PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A shooting at a Florida high school Wednesday sent students rushing out into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building, and police warned the shooter was still at large. Ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating possibly wounded people on the sidewalks.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is responding to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. There are reports of victims. (CNN photo)

Television footage showed police in olive fatigues, with weapons drawn, entering the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, then dozens of children frantically running and walking quickly out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate the school.

Some students exited the building in single-file rows with hands raised overhead to show they carried no weapons. Others held onto other students as they made their way out past helmeted police in camouflage with weapons drawn.

Emergency medical personnel pulled stretchers from the backs of ambulances as police cars surrounded the parking lot. At least one person was seen being wheeled to the ambulance on a gurney. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were wounded.

Coral Springs Police said on their Twitter account Wednesday that the school was locked down and that students and teachers inside should remain barricaded until police reach them.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the shooter was still at large even as the evacuation was underway.

NBC News provided a live special report, which Local 6 has incuded above this Associated Press story.

The local school system and sheriff’s department have been providing updates online.

The president also sent out a tweet about the shooting Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

 

Related Articles

Brian Burns ordered to pay $11 million in wrongful death lawsuit Burns is facing murder charges in the death of his estranged wife Carla Burns.
Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like that and loves you like that’ A victim of clerical sexual abuse has said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay and that his sexuality "does not matter."
Boil water orders starting to be lifted in southern IL Last week, 60 southern Illinois communities were impacted by a water outage.
Bonding with Bailey – Week 4 It is the fourth week of our Bonding with Bailey series. In today's Bonding with Bailey, we are losing her leash.