At Least 17 Killed In Broward School Shooting

CBS 12

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie confirms multiple fatalities in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that occurred just before 3:00 PM Wednesday. 17 are confirmed dead at this hour including teachers and students, multiple others have been injured and transported area hospitals.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office now have a suspect, identified as 19 year old former Stoneman student Nikolas Cruz, in custody. Cruz was transported via ambulance to Broward Health North in Pompano Beach were four other victims had been taken as well.

The shooting reportedly began outside the school and moved inside. 2 people were shot outside the building, 12 others inside. 14 people were transported to area hospitals, 2 died while under medical care. An AR-15 rifle with multiple magazines was reportedly used in the shooting.

A witness tells ABC News that Cruz had been spotted at school with bullet casings in his backpack previous to the shooting. He had been expelled from Stoneman Douglas over disciplinary issues according to Sheriff Scott Israel. He was later transported to BSO headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Today’s active shooting is the deadliest school shooting in Broward County’s history. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel called it ‘catastrophic.. there really are no words’ during a late afternoon briefing.

The school with 3200 students was placed on lockdown as Broward Sheriffs Deputies the SWAT team, the FBI, local police and fire units from multiple South Florida agencies responded to the incident.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is en-route to Broward County to be updated on the situation. President Donald Trump has offered his condolences and says he will provide federal assistance as needed.

Students are being cleared out of the school room by room by police. Parents are being directed to The Marriott on Heron Bay Blvd. to collect their children.

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