Florida high school shooting: A former student went on a shooting rampage at a Florida high school on Wednesday, leaving 17 dead while panicked students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and frantic parents raced to the scene. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said 12 of the dead were killed inside the school. The gunman was taken into custody nearly two hours after the shooting was reported, authorities said.
Authorities and SWAT officers are still clearing the school and say it is not safe, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference.
The gunman, who hasn’t been officially identified, is about 18 years old and was arrested off the school’s campus then taken to a local hospital, Israel said. Flanked by officers, the suspect was escorted into a police station wearing a hospital gown.
“This is catastrophic,” Israel said. “There are really no words.”
The shooting happened about 2 p.m. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, according to the Coral Springs Police Department.
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said “multiple fatalities” have been reported.
“It’s a horrific situation. It’s just a horrible day for us,” he said. “…This is a day we prayed would never happen in our county.”
He said every high school in the county has a police presence, adding there are typically two officers at every school.
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