We have breaking news about yet another school shooting, this time at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida. This is the latest information on the suspected shooter, the victim and what’s going on at the scene of the shooting.
What We Know about the School Shooting So Far
Sometime before 9:00 a.m. on April 20, Florida saw another school shooting. A student was shot in the ankle at Forest High School in Ocala, and a school lockdown was put into effect while police hunted for the shooter.
It is unclear when the suspect was apprehended, but according to WFTV, it was before 10:06 a.m. The suspect is male and, according to most sources, a student at Forest High School. The victim was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
After the suspect was in custody, students began to be transported to First Baptist Church (also in Ocala) where parents and guardians could come to pick up their children. The first wave of buses left around 10:30 a.m. Once the scene is cleared of emergency services, students will be allowed to return to collect their personal belongings.
— ˗ˏˋJˎˊ˗ (@agustdpiper) April 20, 2018
Due to the shooting, other Marion County Public Schools were also placed on lockdown, and extra security was sent to them.
A Timely Reminder
Today is the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Today our kids across the US walked out of class to mark that anniversary. Today was another shooting at Forest High School in Ocala Fl. When will it end! #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/4FjU7m3UNz
— Kimberly Walker (@kw4congress) April 20, 2018
The shooting occurred just minutes before a nationwide school walkout that had been organized against gun violence. The National School Walkout was organized to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shootings, which left 12 students and one teacher dead, and many more injured. Approximately 2,500 schools around the country planned on joining the walkout.