Students fled for their lives Wednesday afternoon as a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida.
Around 3 p.m., law enforcement officials say former student Nicolas Cruz, 18, entered the school and opened fire.
The Broward County sheriff’s department is reporting the shooter left more than 14 people injured and at least two dead, with other officials reporting “many people” have been killed. Cruz has been taken into custody by law enforcement.
UPDATE 6:54PM EST: Officials are now reporting at least 17 dead.
The Twitter account for the sheriff’s department announced that victims were being taken to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.
It’s catastrophic. There really are no words.” – Sheriff Israel
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
Graphic footage and images taken by students from inside reveal a terrifying scene with students hiding behind under desks, blood soaked floors, and bodies laying motionless. Gunshots can be heard close by.
shooting at stoneman douglas high school in Parkland florida (broward county). wish the best to the families who suffered in this https://t.co/GtvFN9Lq2Y
Video also emerged of the suspect being arrested.
BREAKING QUICK video of suspect being arrested by police @wsvn https://t.co/f5wdtlP3jT
Cruz posted grim warnings of his intentions of Instagram throughout the past 2 years. Although the social media platform removed Cruz’s account this afternoon, screen grabs of Cruz’s posts have been circulating on online.
They show the suspect clad in black, wearing a black mask, and garnering weapons. The disturbing images include a picture of a target full of bullet holes with the words “Group Therapy” written across the imagine.
REVEALED: THE DERANGED INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT OF FL. SHOOTER NICHOLAS CRUZ https://t.co/CVSxONmBNw via @gatewaypundit
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents out of Miami responded to the frantic scene.
The school locked down the classrooms to contain the carnage. Freshman Kayden Hanafi heard gunshots and witnessed people fleeing the scene.
“It’s really a blessing to still be alive,” Hanafi told CNN.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics Stoneman Douglas High School had about 3,100 students enrolled in the 2015-16 year. Parkland is outside Boca Raton in Broward County and home to more than 200,000 people.
More as this story develops.
feature image via NBC News
Pawl Bazile is Patriotism Correspondent for DANGEROUS and Production Director for Proud Boy Magazine. He tweets at @PawlBazile.
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