Broward County, Florida, authorities have taken a suspect into custody in today’s mass shooting that resulted in “numerous fatalities” and at least 20 hurt at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
He has been identified at Nicholas Cruz, possibly a former student at the school.
“He was taken into custody about an hour and a half after he committed this horrific homicidal detestable act,” said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
Early reports indicated “at least 50” may have been shot by the gunman who unleashed a barrage of gunfire late in the school day. The shooter was reported to have been wearing a gas mask during the rampage.
There were no immediate confirmations of fatalities.
Broward School Supt. Robert Runcie said the suspect is a former student.
“There are numerous fatalities. It’s a horrific situation, it’s just a horrible day for us,” Runcie said.
“It’s a day that I pray every day we will never have to see. I ask the community for their prayers, their support.
“We received no warning. We cannot live in a world that’s built on fear. Mental health issues in this country are growing, and they’re a big challenge.”
Gunfire had been reported by staff and students both shortly before the end of the school day, and officials immediately put the campus on lockdown.
Fox News was reporting that apparently there was one fatality, and between 20 and 50 injured, although there was no official confirmation.
Video showed emergency personnel surrounding the location, and it also revealed several people being treated by paramedics on the scene.
Television video also showed students being led away from the building with their hands in the air.
Coral Springs police said on social media students and teachers should remain barricaded inside the school until officers can reach them.
And Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he has spoken with law enforcement about the shooting.
President 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.
“Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.”