Seventeen people have been killed in a school shooting in Florida Wednesday afternoon, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.
The suspected shooter has been identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at the school who was suspended for disciplinary reasons, the sheriff said. He was taken into custody near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. after the shooting.
Cruz had at least one rifle and multiple magazines when he opened fired inside the school.
The Broward Sheriff's Office says they responded to the school after reports of gunfire.
Today, close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site.
TV footage showed at least one person being wheeled to an ambulance on a gurney while emergency workers appeared to be helping others on the sidewalk. The news broadcasts also showed students running across the street.
Most of the fatalities were inside the building but some students were found fatally shot outside.