PARKLAND, Fla. — A shooting at a Florida high school Wednesday sent students rushing out into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building. Ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating possibly wounded people on the sidewalks.
Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the shooter has been detained, but the scene is still active. Various outlets reported at least 20 people wounded, with the Miami Herald reporting at least one fatality. Superintendent Robert Runcie later told CNN there were “numerous fatalities.”
Emergency medical personnel pulled stretchers from the backs of ambulances as police cars surrounded the parking lot of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Shooter is now in custody. Scene is still active. #stonemanshooting
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Television footage showed police in olive fatigues, with weapons drawn, entering the school, then dozens of children running and walking quickly out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate the school.
Horrifying images of children running from school with hands up, medics rushing around. Screen Grabs from @CBSNews which has confirmed there are at least 20 victims in the FL school shooting. #BREAKING #SchoolShooting #ActiveShooter pic.twitter.com/CJwDGpaE4f
— Carter Coyle Live 5 (@CarterCoyleWCSC) February 14, 2018
“She texted me and told me there was an active shooter, please call 911,” one father told CNN outside the school, saying his daughter had since been evacuated safely. Students told the network that a fire alarm had gone off, and as students began evacuating during what they figured was a normal fire drill, they began to hear gunshots.
NEW: "I evacuated with my friends," student tells CBS News. "Then we heard gunshots. I heard about six gunshots…and then some people started running and we all then started running…we were like, 'this is real — we are just going to run for our lives'" https://t.co/1Y5NBGZMdE pic.twitter.com/Hw2SiePBOu
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 14, 2018
Len Murray’s 17-year-old son, a junior at the South Florida high school, 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.
In this frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV, students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., evacuate the school following a shooting there on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
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?”’
Coral Springs Police said on their Twitter account Wednesday that the school was locked down and that students and teachers inside should remain barricaded until police reach them.
Students/Teachers #Douglas High School Remain barricaded inside until police reach you.
— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) February 14, 2018
TV footage showed at least one person being wheeled to an ambulance on a gurney while emergency workers appeared to be helping others on the sidewalk. The news broadcasts showed students running across the street, while some students posted on social media, relaying images from inside the school.
Still locked in. I checked the local news and there is 20 victims. Long live Majory Stoneman Douglas High. pic.twitter.com/4kQMAlCBWt
— Aj22000 (@TheCaptainAidan) February 14, 2018
As the chaos continued, U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his sympathies.
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