Suspect in Florida school shooting identified, in custody; at least 17 dead

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – The Latest on a shooting at a Florida high school (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says the 19-year-old suspect in the deadly school shooting, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for “disciplinary reasons.”

Israel says he doesn’t know the specifics of what happened.

But Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old junior, says Cruz was expelled last school year after a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

School officials haven’t confirmed such accounts, but say Cruz was attending another school in Florida’s Broward County after his expulsion.

One 17-year-old junior, Dakota Mentcher, says he used to be friends with Cruz but hadn’t seen him in more than a year after his expulsion. He says of Cruz: “He started progressively getting a little more weird.”

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9:30 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has joined law enforcement agents near the site of the deadly school shooting and offered his condolences to the victims’ families and survivors. He says the attack that claimed at least 17 lives “is just absolutely pure evil.”

Scott told reporters Wednesday evening he can’t imagine what the families of the victims are going through. He also said he would be visiting hospitalized survivors.

Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County also said at the news conference that 12 of the dead have been identified but some weren’t carrying identification and that slowed confirmation efforts. The families are being notified.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the state will cover funeral expenses for the victims and counseling for survivors.
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6:28 p.m.

Sheriff: 17 dead in shooting at high school in South Florida.

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5:20 p.m.

A federal official has identified the Florida school shooting suspect as Nikolas Cruz.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The official says he had been briefed on the investigation into the shooting at the South Florida high school, but was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Authorities in Florida say the shooter opened fire at the school Wednesday afternoon, killing “numerous” people. The shooting sent frightened students running out into the streets and SWAT team members swarming the building.

Authorities later announced that they had taken a former student, about 18 years old, into custody after locating him off the school grounds.

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5 p.m.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says the Florida high school shooting suspect is a former student about 18 years old.

He says the suspect was arrested without incident off school grounds in a nearby community. He didn’t elaborate on when the suspect had attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parikland.

A shooter opened fire at the school Wednesday afternoon, killing “numerous” people, sending students running out into the streets and SWAT team members swarming in before authorities took the shooter into custody.

Israel says the FBI has arrived and will begin processing what he describes as “horrific scene.”

He called it a “catastrophic day.”

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4:40 p.m.

Parents described scenes of chaos as they rushed to find their frightened children after a shooting at a South Florida high school.

Caesar Figueroa says he was one of the first parents to arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, seeking his 16-year-old daughter after the shooting there.

A shooter opened fire at the school Wednesday, killing several people and sending students running out into the streets as SWAT team members swarming in. Authorities later reported they had taken the shooting suspect into custody.

Figueroa says: “It was crazy and my daughter wasn’t answering her phone.”

According to Figueroa, she texted him that she was hidden in a school closet with friends after she heard gunshots.

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4:25 p.m.

A school official says there are numerous fatalities from the high school shooting in South Florida.

Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie sayid Wednesday afternoon: “There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation.” He added, “It is a horrible day for us.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Wednesday afternoon that “so far we have at least 14 victims.” The tweet added: “Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.”

The sheriff’s statement didn’t elaborate on the victims or the extent of their injuries.

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4:15 p.m.

The White House has canceled its daily press briefing after a Florida high school shooting that sent students rushing into the streets.

President Donald Trump has spoken with Florida Gov. Rick Scott about the shooting. He says in a tweet that the White House is “working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.”

He earlier tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump has offered Florida federal assistance, if needed. The homeland security secretary has also been in touch with state and local officials.

Sanders says, “We continue to keep the victims, and their friends and family, in our thoughts and prayers.”

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4:10 p.m.

Authorities say the shooter at a South Florida high school is now in custody.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office gave no details in briefly tweeting that development. It did not identify the shooting suspect nor say how the person was taken into custody.

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

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4 p.m.

Parent John Obin says his son, a freshman at the South Florida high school where the shooting erupted, was in class when he heard several shots. The father says his son advised that teachers quickly rushed students out of the school. He adds the boy told his father that he walked by two people on the ground motionless – and apparently dead – as students rushed outside.

Obin says: “This is a really good school, and now it’s like a war zone.”

Coral Springs Police said on their Twitter account Wednesday that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was locked down and that students and teachers inside should remain barricaded until police reach them.

Outside, televised news footage showed two people on stretchers and another person being treated on the ground at an intersection near the scene of the school.

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3:55 p.m.

The shooting at a South Florida high school sent students rushing into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building. Police were warning that the shooter was still at large even as ambulances converged on the scene and emergency workers appeared to be treating those possibly wounded.

Aerial television news footage showed police in olive fatigues, with weapons drawn, entering the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Then dozens of students could be seen frantically running and others quickly walking out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate the school.

Some students exited the building in single-file rows with hands raised overhead to show they carried no weapons. Others held onto other students as they made their way out past helmeted police in camouflage with weapons drawn.

person was seen being wheeled to the ambulance on a gurney. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were wounded.

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3:45 p.m.

Len Murray’s 17-year-old son, a junior at 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 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. A few minutes later, he texted again: “I’m fine.”

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

No information was immediately given to parents, Len Murray says. And he says 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?'”

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3:15 p.m.

Authorities say a shooter at a Florida high school is still at large.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office shared the information on its Twitter account after Wednesday afternoon’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were wounded.

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2:30 p.m.

Authorities say they’re responding to a shooting at a Florida high school.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has told news outlets the shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were wounded.

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PARKLAND, Fla (WPLG) –  Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is in custody.

BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said the SWAT team was called to a shooting at the school on Pine Island Road in Parkland.

Concepcion said there are reports of victims, but she didn’t say how many.

Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley said he was told that one person is dead and another is in custody.

“That’s my understanding at this point,” Daley told ABC Affiliate Local 10 News.

A view from Sky 10 showed at least two people on stretchers. One of them was placed into the back of the ambulance.

Rescuers appeared to be setting up a triage unit in a tent outside the school.

Police and deputies could be seen surrounding the school with their guns drawn.

Students were being guided outside of the school. Some of them had their hands in the air and others were walking out with their hands on each other’s shoulders.

It appeared that students were dropping their backpacks in the middle of the street as they were being guided to safety. A crowd of students could be seen sitting on the grass next to the road.

A parent of a ninth-grade student told Local 10 that she was speaking to her daughter via text message.

“She’s telling me that she is OK,” the woman said. “The teacher has them in the back of the classroom. He locked the door. They know what to do. They’re doing the proper procedure, but she’s terrified.”

The woman said her daughter heard at least one gunshot.

“I’ll be relieved when she comes out and I can give her a hug,” she said.

A junior at the school told Local 10 he heard the shots and took off running.

Coral Springs police on Twitter were asking students and teachers to remain inside the school until officers can reach them.

Gov. Rick Scott was traveling to Broward County to be briefed by law enforcement officials.


PARKLAND, Fla (ABC NEWS) – A gunman remains at large amid an ongoing shooting situation at a Southern Florida high school, the Broward Sheriff’s Office warned.

About 20 people were injured in the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, three law enforcement sources told ABC News. The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear.

Student Michael Katz told ABC News that at the end of the day he “heard what sounded like a garbage truck like banging.”

“Then also I hear, ‘Boom, boom, boom.’ I hear screaming everywhere,” he said. “I just got underneath my teacher’s desk.”

“We had police invade the school, and we were taken out,” Katz said. “Fortunately, my father was there to pick me up.”

One mother shaking with worry told ABC affiliate WPLG her daughter said she was OK, huddled in a locked classroom.

“She’s terrified,” the mother said. “She said she heard the gunshot.”

“I’m glad that she’s able to text,” she added.

Students with bookbags were seen sprinting out of the building as authorities with guns drawn swarmed the school. Other students were seen lined up one by one, leaving the area in an orderly fashion. Some students were hysterical, reported WPLG.

Another mother told the affiliate that her daughter “keeps telling me to stay away. ‘Be safe, Mom, stay away.'”

“I won’t stay away,” she said, telling her daughter, “I’m your mother.”

The school district said in a statement that close to “dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site.”

Officials urged the public to avoid the area.

There are over 3,000 students at the school, according to its website.

The FBI and ATF are responding.

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.”

Additional information was not immediately available.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

 


PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say they’re responding to a shooting at a Florida high school.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has told news outlets the shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were wounded.

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