Local media reports suggest that a person of interest has been taken into custody in the Florida school shooting. Officials are not releasing the suspect’s name. It’s still unclear how many people were injured, but some of the social media posts from students inside the school at the time are quite terrifying.
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School officials tweeted that they’re now dismissing students at Stoneman Douglas High School. The shooting at the Florida school occurred not long before classes were scheduled to dismiss. As soon as the first shots were fired, the school went on lockdown. The gunman is believed to still be at large.
According to local media, deputies describe the gunman in the Florida school shooting as wearing black pants, a black hat, and a maroon-colored shirt. Witnesses last saw him at the western end of one of the buildings on the campus. Investigators reportedly have a person of interest but are not releasing a name at this time, local media report.
Video footage from the scene of the Florida school shooting show police cars surrounding the high school. Officers are entering the building with their guns drawn, and then groups of students are running out as police evacuate them.
Local media reports that Margate Fire Rescue is calling it a mass casualty incident, and first responders are treating the wounded on the sidewalk outside the school. The Broward County Sheriff’s office says that the gunman is still on the run.
Stoneman Douglas High School is still locked down after the shooting that was reported just a short time ago. Police are advising teachers and students to remain barricaded inside the building until officers are able to get to them. Video from the scene of the Florida school shooting shows what looks like multiple victims being placed into ambulances on gurneys.
Police and first responders are on scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where there’s been a mass shooting. Some local media reports put the number of people injured in the Florida school shooting at 20 or more, and it’s being reported as a mass casualty incident.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Department tweeted just minutes ago that the gunman is still at large, and it’s still an active shooter situation. Police are advising people to avoid the area around the high school.