Seventeen people have been confirmed dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida after a shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz killed 12 people inside the school, three outside of it and two victims died from their injuries in the hospital. Other victims are being treated at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.
Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie confirmed the shooter may be a former student of Stoneman Douglas.
Students at the school tell Meg Wagner from CNN a fire alarm went off minutes before the shooting and students were exiting the school like normal when they heard the shots.
Cruz entered the school with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle and walked the halls, shooting into windows of locked classroom doors.
He was arrested in Coral Springs, a neighboring city a couple of miles from the school, about an hour after fleeing the scene, the authorities said. He had slipped out of the building by mixing in with crowds of students. In addition to the rifle, Sheriff Israel said Mr. Cruz had “countless magazines.”
Thursday morning, as people awoke with more news from the events out of Parkland, Florida, listeners of The Woody & Wilcox Show heard from David, who has a junior at Stoneman Douglas High School.
He spoke about how he was told about the shooter, what went through his mind and how the city is trying to cope.
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
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Still locked in. I checked the local news and there is 20 victims. Long live Majory Stoneman Douglas High. pic.twitter.com/4kQMAlCBWt— Aj22000 (@TheCaptainAidan) 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
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
This story is developing. Updated 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.