Doctor: Hospitals treating 16 shooting victims; 17 fatalities also confirmed

Doctor: Hospitals treating 16 shooting victims; 17 fatalities also confirmed

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.

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.

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.

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.

Politicians also weighed in the shooting.

President Donald J. Trump issued this statement on Twitter.

Other politicians also offered their sentiments.

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