Florida School Shooting: Numerous Fatalities, Shooter in Custody

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Numerous people died and hundreds of students fled to the streets during shooting at a high school in South Florida on Wednesday. The shooter is in police custody, according to Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie.

“There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation. It is a horrible day for us,” said Supt. Runcie as quoted by Reuters.

A school official also confirmed that multiple people lost their lives from the incident.

Separately, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there are at least 14 victims so far from the Florida school shooting.

The shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  The school immediately went on lockdown. Law enforcement responded to the shooting at around 2:30 in the afternoon. Reports indicated that the gunman was a former student at the school.

Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky told NBC Miami, “It’s sad. It’s sad that these tragedies happen in our country. Many of the students have been in touch with their parents. We have many, many parents out here.”

In an interview with CNN, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said the shooter left a number of fatalities. The senator had a conversation with the superintendent of schools. The senator said, “This is a bad day for Florida and the country.”

Florida Gov. Scott is receiving updates from law enforcement

On the other hand, Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted that he is receiving updates regarding the school shooting from law enforcement. He also spoke with President Donald Trump regarding the incident. He offered prayers for the students, their families, and the entire community.

Meanwhile, the White House canceled its afternoon press briefing after learning about the Florida shooting. The President is monitoring the situation, according to White House spokeswoman Lindsey Walters.

Pres. Trump tweeted that hi administration is “working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida shooting.”