The Broward County Sheriff says at least 17 people are dead in a shooting at a South Florida high school.
The shooting happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County on Wednesday afternoon. At least 14 victims have been taken to a nearby hospital.
We will continue to follow this story out of South Florida on wsbtv.com and Channel 2 Action News at Noon.
The suspect has been identified as Nikolas Cruz,19. Channel 2 Action News has learned he was not a current student and was taken into custody without incident off campus.
Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie told ABC News the shooting occurred during dismissal time and it is believed that the suspect acted alone.
Video from the scene shows dozens of law enforcement officers with their guns drawn outside the school and students running from the school.
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The football coach who was shot while protecting students has died, according to the school's football team.
It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories pic.twitter.com/O181FvuHl3— MS Douglas Football (@MSDEagles) February 15, 2018
During a news briefing, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said 12 of the 17 victims have been identified. One of the victims was the school football coach.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said the state will pay for their funeral expenses.
We also learned a deputy sheriff's son was shot on Wednesday evening.
ABC News releasing video showing a SWAT team entering a classroom.
Cellphone video shows SWAT team clearing a classroom at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida after shooting leaves at least 17 people dead. https://t.co/NvtVuOndFR pic.twitter.com/S30UkpZk9X— ABC News (@ABC) February 15, 2018
South Florida hospital officials say three people are in critical condition.
LATEST: South Florida hospital officials say 3 patients in critical condition after high school shooting; authorities say at least 17 people have died. https://t.co/Zt9bMmXlNM pic.twitter.com/R20zUSHeN5— ABC News (@ABC) February 15, 2018
During a news conference, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says 17 people died in the school shooting. Israel says the gunman used one AR 15 and had countless magazines with him. The sheriff said the gunman, a former student, had been expelled for disciplinary issues but did not specify when.
Twelve people died inside the school, two died outside and another person died on the street around the corner. Another two people died at the hospital.
ABC News confirms at least 15 people have been killed.
ABC News says suspect got out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, according to law enforcement sources and eyewitness.
Superintendent Robert Runcie tweets "Today, we are experiencing the worst of humanity."
Today we experiencing the worst of humanity as an unspeakable tragedy has hit our @browardschools family at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS. There has been a shooting on campus with injuries and fatalities. We are working with law enforcement as we pray for our babies and families.— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) February 14, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence tweets he and President Trump will continue to monitor the situation in Florida.
.@POTUS and I will continue to monitor developments following the terrible shooting in Broward County and will provide any & all federal assistance to local law enforcement. Grateful to all the courageous law enforcement & emergency medical personnel who responded so swiftly. https://t.co/qL8kSrCsMr— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 14, 2018
Associated Press says a U.S. official has identified the shooter as Nicolas Cruz, 18. Sheriff says the student is not a current student and was arrested without incident off campus.
BREAKING: US official: Florida school shooter identified as Nicolas Cruz.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 14, 2018
Florida Governor Rick Scott says he is on his way to briefed about the school shooting in Broward County.
On my way to Broward County now to be briefed on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by local law enforcement and emergency management officials. pic.twitter.com/lFVR5d8NLy— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) February 14, 2018
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel delivers a news conference calls it a catastrophic day. He says there are multiple casualties, 14 people transported to area hospitals. Israel calls this a "fluid scene with multiple SWAT teams on scene."
A classmate tells George Stephanopoulus the shooter posted photos of weapons on Instagram.
Broward County Sheriff's Office tells parents to go to the parent staging area until everything is clear.
Correction: Parents and loved ones, please wait to go to the parent staging area until everything is clear #stonemanshooting.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Atlanta Public Schools tweets its hearts are with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
A witness said the shooting happened around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.
Georgia Lieutenant Governor offers his thoughts and prayers to those affected by the Florida high school shooting.
Nita and I are praying for the students and families involved in the nightmare tragedy in Florida— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 14, 2018
Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweets he spoke to superintendent. Calls today, "that terrible day you pray never comes."
Just spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 14, 2018
Broward County Sheriff's office tweets at least 14 victims in the Florida high school shooting.
So far we have at least 14 victims. Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital. #StonemanShooting— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Video shows law enforcement evacuating students from the auditorium of the school.
Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie told ABC News the shooting occurred during dismissal time. The Superintendent says the gunman is a former student and it is believed the shooter acted alone. “It’s a day that you pray every day when you get up that you’ll never have to see,” he said.
Broward Schools tweets law enforcement officers are evacuating students and faculty from the school one building at a time.
At this time, law enforcement is clearing students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one building at a time. We will continue to provide updates, as more information becomes available.— Broward Schools (@browardschools) February 14, 2018
Broward County Sheriff's Office tweets the shooter is now in custody, stresses the scene is still active.
Shooter is now in custody. Scene is still active. #stonemanshooting— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Sen. Chris Murphy addresses Florida school shooting on Senate floor.
Sen. Chris Murphy addresses Florida school shooting on Senate floor: "Let me just note once again for my colleagues...We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else." https://t.co/BuEAqG21or pic.twitter.com/h2ODRP5g7N— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2018
Sources tell Channel 2 Action News at least 5 people killed in Florida high school shooting, suspect in custody.
Live video on ABC News show police taking person into custody near Florida high school where shooting happened.
Photos taken from inside the school show students seeking shelter during the shooting.
Still locked in. I checked the local news and there is 20 victims. Long live Majory Stoneman Douglas High. pic.twitter.com/4kQMAlCBWt— Aidan (@TheCaptainAidan) February 14, 2018
President Trump tweets again saying he has spoke with Florida Governor Rick Scott about the incident. A source tells ABC News the First Lady has extended her thoughts and prayers to the victims.
Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
President Donald Trump tweets offering his prayers and condolences to the families of the victims. Says "No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
ABC News reports early indication is that 20 people have been injured. This is an active breaking news story. This amount could change.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson tweets he has spoken with Broward Undersheriff to ensure they have everything they need.
Praying for everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Just spoke with Broward Undersheriff to ensure they have everything they need. And just spoke to FBI to make sure all federal resources are being made available to help. Will continue to monitor closely.— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) February 14, 2018
When ABC News' George Stephanopoulus asked an eyewitness to the shooting how many shots he heard, he said, "too many to count."
A parent told ABC News her daughter is locked in the auditorium with other students. Another mother told ABC News her daughter texted her from inside the school to stay away from the school.
Sources tell ABC News President Donald Trump has been briefed about the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
A student who says he was inside the school told ABC News during the Special Report that he "saw bodies" outside a classroom as he evacuated the school.
Authorities say the shooter remains at large.
Authorities said the school is locked down and that students and teachers inside should remain barricaded until police reach them.
Avoid the area of Stoneman Douglas HS. #BSO is currently working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he's monitoring the situation at the school.
I’ve spoken with @BrowardSheriff Scott Israel, @browardschools Superintendent Robert Runcie and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding Stoneman Douglas High School. We’ll continue to receive updates from law enforcement.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) February 14, 2018
Authorities are at the scene of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Coral Springs Police tweeted that teachers and students should barricade themselves inside “until police reach you.”
Students/Teachers #Douglas High School Remain barricaded inside until police reach you.— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) February 14, 2018
Coral Springs Police tweets that it is working an active shooter scene. The department asks people to remain calm and not to call 911 or non-emergency numbers unless it's an emergency.
Police are working an active shooter scene, and ask that if you are in touch with your student you ask that they remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room, this is for everyone's safety. Do NOT call our 911 or non-emergency number unless it is an emergency.— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) February 14, 2018