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UPDATE 2/25/2018 8:00 a.m.-
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an active shooter situation at a Broward County school Wednesday afternoon.
Responding deputies were met with hundreds of students fleeing the school. Investigators later learned that the shooter had concealed himself in the crowd and was among those running out of the school.
After watching school security video, investigators were able to identify the shooter as Nikolas Cruz, 19. Cruz had attended and was expelled from the school the previous year.
Cruz was taken into custody by Coconut Creek PD in a nearby neighborhood in Coral Springs. Cruz exhibited labored breathing. He was transported to a local hospital as a precaution for medical clearance.
Seventeen victims were transported to Broward Health Coral Springs, Broward Health North, Broward Health Medical Center and Boca West Medical Center. Two of the 17 victims who were transported died at the hospital.
Fifteen victims died at the school. BSO investigators are working with Broward County Schools staff to identify all of the victims.
Students were bused from Stoneman Douglas High School to a nearby hotel to be reunited with their families.
Individuals with information are encouraged to call the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit www.FBI.gov\ParklandShooting.
The next briefing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at the media staging area near the school. For continued updates follow us on Twitter at @browardsheriff.
Update 8:00 p.m.- Sheriff Isreal confirms 17 students died in today’s attack.
Update 5:00 p.m.- Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal spoke at a 5 pm press conference. What is known:
- The suspect, Nikolas Cruz(19) a former student has been detained in the case.
- Cruz was arrested off campus by a Coral Gables officer without incident and was transported to an area hospital.
- Fourteen students were transported to area hospitals with varying degrees of injuries. Exact amount of injured unknown at this time.
- There are “multiple” fatalities per the sheriff.
- The scene is not clear and it is uncertain if there are anymore students or faculty; injured or uninjured, within the school. Right now SWAT is clearing the scene. Once given the all clear, the Sheriff will begin room to room searches.
UPDATE 4:25 p.m.- Per Broward Sheriff: 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.
“There are a number of fatalities,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says “That’s what I’ve been told by the school superintendent. And that of course is what we all dread, in addition to the reported multiple injuries.”
“There are fatalities that are involved,” Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie says of Parkland, Florida shooting. “We can’t confirm the number at this point.”
UPDATE 3:42 p.m.- Police are reporting that the suspect has been detained. Police are reporting that the suspect may have placed two bombs on the premise.
UPDATE 3:31 p.m.– Per Broward Sheriff’s Twitter:
#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 3:15 pm.
Broward County, Florida- The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is reporting an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl.
Fire and EMS have reported as many as 20 students have been injured.
This is a developing story