There has been a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Current reports are pegging the number of injured at 50. No deaths have been reported yet. The suspect is still at large. This is a developing story, so more details will follow.
There are reports that a number of people have been loaded into ambulances on stretchers.
The school remains on lockdown. The suspect is still at large. Investigators are telling residents to stay indoors until the suspect is caught and the area is secured.
Broward Schools sent out a tweet just after 3:30 p.m. February 14 about the situation:
Today, close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site.
— Broward Schools (@browardschools) February 14, 2018
Photographs taken inside the school by students show them crouched behind piles of chairs and hiding behind desks.
Police believe they know who the gunman is and describe him as a student and member of the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
The gunman is described as wearing a black hat, a maroon or burgundy colored shirt and black pants. He was last seen on the west side of a three-story building on campus.
Meanwhile, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a tweet that he is keeping abreast of the situation.
I’ve spoken with @BrowardSheriff Scott Israel, @browardschools Superintendent Robert Runcie and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding Stoneman Douglas High School. We’ll continue to receive updates from law enforcement.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) February 14, 2018
White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters noted that “The president has been made aware of the school shooting in Florida.”
The White House is monitoring the situation. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”