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Florida school shooting: Police hunt for bomb, multiple dead

Just before students were to be dismissed

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FLORIDA, U.S. - Several casualties have been reported in a shooting incident that rattled a high school in Parkland, Florida, just before students were to be dismissed for the day.

According to the police, the mass shooting incident occurred outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and numerous people were killed, including 50 people that were injured.

According to the Coral Springs Police Department, the mass shooting at the south Florida high school took place at 2 pm, which is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale.

In a brief statement, Broward County Sheriff's Office said there are at least 14 victims, however, he did not specify how many of those were injured or killed.

Further, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said "multiple fatalities" have been reported.

Runcie added, "It's a horrific situation. It's just a horrible day for us... This is a day we prayed would never happen in our county." 

According to the superintendent, every high school in the county has a police presence and there are typically two officers at every school. 

Police subsequently said that the gunman was taken into custody nearly two hours after the shooting was reported.

Dan Booker, Margate Fire Chief said in a statement that the shooting was a mass casualty incident and confirmed that over 20 were injured.

The police also said that they were “hunting for bombs” on the school property after multiple people were confirmed to have died.

According to one local reporter, there were concerns of a device on campus, possibly in a backpack, but none of the officials have confirmed this so far.

Some local reports also stated that as many as 40 students and a teacher were locked inside a closet in the high school.

In a statement later, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida also said that "there are a number of fatalities" after the whole school was put on lockdown.

Local media and social media pages were flooded with images of people being treated for injuries in the street.

The Broward County Sheriff confirmed that at least 14 of the victims have been transported to the hospital.

A sheriff's spokesman later confirmed that the suspect had been taken into custody and some unconfirmed reports on social media claimed the shooter was "wearing a gas mask.”

The White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement, "The president has been made aware of the school shooting in Florida. We are monitoring the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected."

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet soon after, "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school. Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting."

The Coral Springs Police also warned on Twitter that people were to avoid the area due to an "active police scene.” 

They have said not to call 911 unless it's an emergency.

The police force said on Twitter, "Do not attempt to get to the school this perimeter is LOCKED down. Students/Teachers Douglas High School Remain barricaded inside until police reach you."

The police said subsequently that they believe they know who the gunman is and have described him as someone who possibly attended the school and was a member of the JROTC program. Further, authorities told reporters he was wearing a hoodie and has red hair. 

 

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