DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado’s elected leaders are responding to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican representing Colorado, tweeted a message of condolences to the students and also praised the first responders.
I am heartbroken for the students & family of those involved in this horrible tragedy & I'm praying for our first responders as they act swiftly to contain the situation. https://t.co/rCn5lFYhHP
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) February 14, 2018
Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat representing Boulder who is also running for governor, tweeted his gratitude to the first responders.
My heart has sunk watching the news of another school shooting in Florida. My sincerest gratitude to the first responders who are doing their best to keep these children safe.
— Rep. Jared Polis (@RepJaredPolis) February 14, 2018
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.
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.
Emergency medical personnel pulled stretchers from the backs of ambulances as police cars surrounded the parking lot.
Authorities say the shooter at a South Florida high school is now in custody.