‘Number of fatalities,' shooter in custody at South Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla. (WFLA) - There are a “number of fatalities” confirmed after an active shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson D-Fla. said.

Nelson said he was citing Broward County officials. “This is a really bad day,” he said.

There were reports of at least 14 victims inside the school, Broward County Sheriff’s officials said. There was no word on the extent of those injuries.

The shooter is in custody.  The gunman, described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a black pants and hat and a burgundy shirt, was seen being put into a police cruiser. About 20 minutes later he was removed from the car and onto a stretcher.

One girl told NBC6 in Miami that the shooter was a student at the school.

“Yeah, he was on the third floor. He knows the school layout. He knows where everyone would be at as of right now. He’s been at the fire drills. He’s prepared for this.stuff,” a student said.

Officers responded to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at 5901 Pine Island Road in Parkland at about 2:30 p.m.

A father said the man in the burgundy shirt pulled a fire alarm at the school and that caused students and teachers to come out of their classroom so he could start shooting in the hallway.

School board officials said staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire shortly before dismissal, and the school went on an immediate lockdown.

Video showed dozens of officers and ambulances at the school as students ran out. Some reported victims were seen being carried out of the school.

Students were escorted by armed police out of the high school in a single file. Parents said their kids are trapped inside.

NBC 6 spoke to the older brother of one student, who said his sister, a sophomore, was safe but “trembling in shock” at the scene unfolding at her high school.

“It’s just complete chaos out there,” he said a short distance from the school. “She was numb.”

ATF agents from the Miami Field Division responded to the school.

The Broward sheriff said that the parent staging area is at the Marriott 11775 Heron Bay Boulevard in Coral Springs.

President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott were notified of the situation. Scott is traveling to Broward County now to be briefed by emergency management officials and law enforcement.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

Broward County Superintendent says it appears to be the deadliest school shooting in Broward County’s history.

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