PARKLAND, FL (KLTV/KTRE) - A suspect is in custody following a shooting at a Florida high school that injured multiple people and left 17 others dead, officials say.
The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
A federal official identified the suspect as Nikolaus Cruz, the Associated Press reports. Law enforcement officials and eyewitnesses say that Cruz got out of the building by blending in with students who were trying to escape the school, according to ABC News.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israels says that 17 people were killed and at least 14 injured in the shooting.
"I'm saddened to say that 17 people lost their lives."- Sheriff Scott Israel #stonemanshooting— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Aerial video shows multiple people being taken to ambulances for treatment.
Israel said SWAT teams are clearing the scene and the buildings are not safe, even though the suspect is in custody. SWAT teams are looking for people still hiding, as well as people injured or killed. Israel says they do not believe that any other person was involved in the shooting.
The shooter is said to be about 19 years old, according to Israel. He said he believes the shooter did attend that school at some point but was not a current student.
The shooter was arrested without incident by Coconut Beach Police "after dropping his rifle and leaving the school," Israel says.
So far we have at least 14 victims. Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital. #StonemanShooting— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
Avoid the area of Stoneman Douglas HS. #BSO is currently working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
The district's superintendent says fatalities have been reported and one school administrator is believed to be dead
Shots were reported about 3 p.m. ET, about the time classes would be dismissed.
Today we experiencing the worst of humanity as an unspeakable tragedy has hit our @browardschools family at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS. There has been a shooting on campus with injuries and fatalities. We are working with law enforcement as we pray for our babies and families.— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) February 14, 2018
#BSO is working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter located at 5901 Pine Island Rd, Parkland. Here's what we know so far: deputies are responding to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High. There are reports of victims. PIO will be on scene 3:15pm.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
The school has 3,158 students enrolled at the campus, according to school records.
As the shooting began, students sent parents messages from inside the school.
The Associated Press spoke with one parent who heard from their child after the shooting.
"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," reads a message from Len Murray's 17-year-old son. Murray told the AP that his son texted a few moment's later to say he was fine.
The FBI is involved in the investigation.
The FBI is aware of reports of an active shooter at Stoneman Douglas High School and is in contact with local law enforcement agencies. At this time, the FBI is responding to the scene and taking appropriate action.— FBI Miami (@FBIMiamiFL) February 14, 2018
Politicians also weighed in the shooting.
President Donald J. Trump issued this statement 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
Other politicians also offered their sentiments.
Prayers for the students, teachers, families & first responders in Parkland, FL. https://t.co/sQsH6W04tc— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) February 14, 2018