Several people are reportedly injured after a shooting in a south Florida high school Wednesday and the suspect is still at large, police said.
A shooting occurred about 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale.
Here’s what we know:
Broward County Public Schools reported the shooting began near dismissal time, when staff and students said they heard the sounds of gunfire.
Some students said a fire alarm sounded before the gunfire.
The school was placed on lockdown. Television footage showed students running from the school with their arms in the air, tossing backpacks into a pile. Some students were being treated on the sidewalks and loaded into ambulances.
The gunman was at large before being taken into custody off the school’s campus roughly two hours after the shooting.
How many were killed and injured?
At least 17 people were killed, 12 of them inside the school. Three more killed just outside and another two died of their injuries after being taken to the hospital, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.
A total of 17 people, including the gunman, were taken to local hospitals. At least three of them are in critical condition and three are stable. The gunman was treated and released into police custody.
“It’s a horrific situation. It’s just a horrible day for us,” said Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie. “…This is a day we prayed would never happen in our county.”
Who is the gunman?
Authorities identified the gunman as Nikolaus Cruz, 19. Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was expelled from the school and did not graduate, authorities said.
At least one teacher said he had been flagged as a potential threat and that he was a big enough concern that administrators had banned him from campus.
Jim Gard, a math teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said Cruz had been aggressive towards students in the past.
A former classmate, Jillian Davis, said Cruz had a hot temper and a history of making dark, gun-related jokes.
“Finding out it was him makes a lot of sense now,” Davis said.
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