Multiple fatalities as gunman opens fire in Florida school
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