Florida high school shooter in custody; officials report at least 14 victims


Florida high school shooter in custody; officials report at least 14 victims

A gunman who attacked a South Florida high school Wednesday afternoon was in custody after SWAT team members and police flooded the area in an attempt to protect students and teachers running for safety, authorities said.Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters at the school in Parkland that “there are fatalities involved here” and the shooter “potentially is a former student,” though he didn’t give a name.“It’s a horrific situation. It’s just a horrible day for us.” He added that he has heard “no evidence there’s more than one shooter.”The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said there were at least 14 victims. People were being transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.Earlier, ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating people on sidewalks.Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Chief Dan Booker said there were some fatalities, but he was not sure how many.“We’ve got possibly more than 20 patients; it’s an active scene now,” Booker said.Helicopter footage from WSVN-TV showed police searching a person with short hair, wearing a dark red shirt and dark pants. The person was handcuffed and put in the back of a police cruiser without apparent struggle.The Coral Springs Police Department advised students and teachers to stay barricaded until police reached them. The department said the perimeter was locked down and advised residents not to call 911 unless there was an emergency.Television footage showed police in olive fatigues, with weapons drawn, entering the school, then dozens of children running and walking quickly out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to evacuate the school.Students barricaded themselves inside the freshman building, where the shooting is thought to have happened, according to accounts on social media and local news media.“One is currently hiding in a color guard locker in the band room until she is given the OK,” a recent graduate, Nicole Oliva, wrote in a private message on Twitter.Oliva has been communicating with students inside the school through Facebook but has not heard from everyone she knows.“She didn’t tell me anything other than that she was OK and was hiding.”Other students spoke to WSVN-TV after fleeing the campus. “Three shots happened, and then everyone started freaking out,” said one student, who identified himself as Sebastian. “We all thought it was a fire drill … No one was that nervous, but when word started going around that it was shots … everybody started running.”Another student who declined to give her name reported hearing “five pops” after someone pulled a fire alarm.“Kids were freaking out, some kids froze, some were on their phones, some were trying to Snapchat because they thought it was a joke, and it wasn’t,” she said.
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Florida high school shooter in custody; officials report at least 14 victims

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