Mul­ti­ple fa­tal­i­ties as gun­man opens fire in Florida school

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Mul­ti­ple deaths were re­ported last night in a shoot­ing at a Florida high school, US author­i­ties said.

Broward County Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Run­cie said: “There are nu­mer­ous fa­tal­i­ties. It is a hor­rific sit­u­a­tion.”

He added: “It is a hor­ri­ble day for us.”

The gun­man was last night in cus­tody, Broward County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said, af­ter Swat teams swarmed Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Park­land.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed po­lice put­ting a per­son in the back of a po­lice car out­side the high school.

It fol­lowed scenes of stu­dents fran­ti­cally run­ning from the build­ing and am­bu­lance crews treat­ing peo­ple out­side the school yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Broward Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said on Twit­ter: “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.” A Florida high school suf­fered “nu­mer­ous fa­tal­i­ties” in a shoot­ing, US author­i­ties said.

Coral Springs Po­lice ear­lier said on Twit­ter the school was locked down and that stu­dents and teach­ers in­side should re­main bar­ri­caded un­til po­lice reach them.

TV footage showed at least one per­son be­ing wheeled to an am­bu­lance while emer­gency work­ers ap­peared to be help­ing oth­ers on the pave­ment.

The news broad­casts also showed stu­dents run­ning across the street.

Len Mur­ray’s 17-year-old son, who at­tends the South Florida high school where shoot­ing was re­ported, sent his par­ents a chill­ing text: “Mom and Dad, there have been shots fired on cam­pus at school. There are po­lice sirens out­side. I’m in the au­di­to­rium and the doors are locked.”

Those words came at 2.30pm lo­cal time yes­ter­day. A few min­utes later, he texted again: “I’m fine.”

Mr Mur­ray raced to the school only to be stopped by author­i­ties un­der an over­pass within view of the school build­ings in Park­land.

No in­for­ma­tion was im­me­di­ately given to par­ents, Mr Mur­ray said. And he said he re­mained wor­ried for all those in­side.

“I’m scared for the other par­ents here. You can see the con­cern in ev­ery­body’s faces. Ev­ery­body is ask­ing, ‘Have you hard from your child yet?”’

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted, “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.”

> Pupils are es­corted out of the school af­ter the at­tack, and, be­low, par­ents wait for news

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