'Number Of Fatalities' Reported In Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting, Suspect In Custody
High School shooting claims lives and at least 14 victims hospitalized.
A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, has reportedly left "a number of fatalities," and at least 14 victims hospitalized, according to CNN. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla) confirmed the fatalities report. The suspect is currently in custody.
According to a statement from the school district, around the time of 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."
One student, Michael Katz, told ABC News 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," Katz continued.
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
“All of a sudden there was a really loud noise…..people are crying the closet," another student told CBS Miami, which reports a possibility of 20-50 injured people.
A mother of one of the students informed ABC affiliate WPLG that her daughter was safe inside the locked classroom as well, but was very shaken, of course.
"She's terrified," said the mother. "She said she heard the gunshot."
"I'm glad that she's able to text," she continued.
President Donald Trump issued his condolences regarding the incident on Twitter:
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
“We are monitoring the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected,” added White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters.
Florida Governor Rick Scott also issued a statement on Twitter, noting that he is in conversations with several local officials, working on coordinating a response:
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
We'll keep everyone updated with further details.