BREAKING: ACTIVE SHOOTER AT HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA! PEOPLE SHOT!
Gunshots were reported at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gunman is reported to still be at large with law enforcement officers from multiple agencies flooding the area.
Coral Springs advised students and teachers in the locked down high school in Parkland, Florida, located at 5901 Northwest Pine Island Rd.,to remain barricaded inside until officers reach them.
There are reports of shooting victims, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The Broward School District said that around dismissal time at 2:40 p.m., staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire and they enacted a “code red” lock down.
“We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries,” said spokeswoman Tracy Clark.
MULTIPLE INJURIES AT HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA
A television news helicopter report showed several people on gurneys being placed into into fire rescue ambulances and groups of children walking across Northwest Pine Island Road.
President Trump “has been made aware of the school shooting in Florida,” said Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters. “We are monitoring the situation,” she said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”
Gov. Rick Scott spoke on the phone with Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen, according to the governor’s office.
There are 3,208 children in grades 9 — 12 enrolled at the high school in Parkland, Florida.
Parents are area schools — including Sawgrass Springs Middle School and Westglades Middle School — said they received texts that those campuses were locked down.
Jay Golden, of Parkland, has a daughter Rachel who was at the school when the first sign of problem came. Rachel, a senior, texted him that there was a Code Red, a shooting, and she didn’t know if it was real or a drill.
HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA EVACUATED
At 3 p.m. she still hadn’t been evacuated from the 900 building, but told her father she was safe with 40 other students and a teacher.
“She was crying, she’s scared,” he said. “She’s been texting back and forth. She’s OK at the moment.”
“I’m freaking out,” her father said. “This is crazy, this stuff shouldn’t be going on in these schools. People are crazy. I don’t know what goes on through these people’s minds these days, it’s a scary thing. It’s one of those things – you don’t want to put a metal protector and treat them like prisoners but they have to figure something out. You put your kids in school and it’s supposed to be a safe place and this stuff happens all the time.”
So far Broward County Fire Rescue is reporting that 17 people are killed and 20 people are injured, according to CNN affiliate WSVN. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says there are reports of victims. The extent of injuries remains unknown.
17 KILLED, 20 INJURED AT HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA
Some students reportedly barricading themselves into their classrooms, while others were seen running out of the building with their book bags as police and SWAT teams swarmed 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.
The shooter wore a burgundy shirt and black pants and fled the school, mixing in with the other students as they fled the building.
The shooter was identified as Nikolaus Cruz, 19, and taken alive into custody by law enforcement a short time ago after taking the lives of 17 young people. The Cruz drew everyone out by pulling a fire alarm. He then killed innocent victims in the school, outside the school and even down the road.
It seems Cruz was a former student expelled from school for disciplinary reasons. An Instagram page apparently belonging to Cruz showed pictures of guns and knives.
SHOOTER AT HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA – PREVIOUSLY EXPELLED STUDENT
The sheriff’s office said Wednesday the suspect had an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines.
What a horrific act of terror! A senseless crime. Sadly everyone – at least the kids at the school – predicted it, but no one did anything.
We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” Jim Gard, who claimed to be a former teacher of the suspect’s, told the Herald. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
Just spoke with @POTUS about shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the entire community. We will continue to receive briefings from law enforcement and issue updates.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
This was a troubled student. This was a student obsessed with guns. Guns gave him power. Unfortunately because of this troubled and lost student, the lives of 17 innocent young students have ended.
Our prayers to all those families of the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.