- A gunman has been arrested after opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
- Another 50 were injured when the ‘heavily armed gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire at 2pm
- Some students barricaded themselves inside their classrooms while others were seen sprinting away from the school as police and SWAT teams swarmed the building
- Situation remains active as shooter described as a student and member of the JROTC
Police described the gunman as a student and member of the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. The suspect is pictured being taken into custody
Police surrounded Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where the ‘heavily armed’ shooter, wearing a gas mask, opened fire with a ‘long’ gun at just after 2pm. There are reports that a student was seen fighting with the gunman in a classroom.
Police describe the gunman as a student and member of the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. Authorities said he was wearing a hoodie and has red hair and freckles.
Students are reportedly barricading themselves into their classrooms, while others were seen running out of the building with their hands in their air as police and SWAT teams swarmed the school.
Those fleeing the school, in single file, each threw their backpack into a large pile and huddled together under trees across the street.
The school district stated that the shooting happened shortly before dismissal time when students heard what sounded like gunfire.
Multiple deaths were reported Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and authorities reported a suspect in custody.
Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell, whose city contracts fire service in Parkland, confirms there were “multiple fatalities.”
Students and teachers in the locked down school, located at 5901 Northwest Pine Island Rd., were told to remain barricaded inside until officers reach them.
There are reports of shooting victims, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Samuel Dykes, a freshman, was on the third floor of the school when he said he heard gunshots, and saw several bodies in a classroom.
SWAT told the class to keep their eyes forward as they exited the school, Dykes said.
At around dismissal time at 2:40 p.m., staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire and they enacted a “code red” lock down, according to the Broward School District.
“We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries,” said spokeswoman Tracy Clark.
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 announced plans to come to Broward County immediately. He 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 school.
Parents at 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.
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.”
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Police are working an active shooter scene, and ask that if you are in touch with your student you ask that they remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room, this is for everyone's safety. Do NOT call our 911 or non-emergency number unless it is an emergency.
— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) February 14, 2018
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018