Just before wrapping up his final class of the day, student Matthew Walker heard the sound of rapid gunfire outside his classroom at Stoneman Douglas High School.
“He was shooting through the glass in the door,” Walker told ABC News of a gunman who turned his campus in Parkland, Florida, into the latest school mass shooting scene in America.
“It was really bad,” said Matthew. “There were bullet holes everywhere. Everyone was freaking out. I did not see the shooter, but he did shoot through my class. He couldn’t get inside because the door was locked.”
Matthew shared a video he took inside the classroom during the barrage of gunfire, in which students could be heard screaming, one yelling “Oh, my God!” as gunshots sounded in the background. Matthew said he heard 10 to 12 shots fired into his classroom before the shooter moved along on his path of carnage.
“He was just going from class to class, just shooting at random kids,” Matthew said. “When the police were escorting me out of the building, there was a dead guy … on the floor next to me. I’m blessed to be alive.”
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called the shooting, a “horrific, homicidal, detestable act” committed by a former student at the school arrested near the campus and identified by multiple law enforcement sources as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. At least 17 people were killed in the high school shooting, according to officials.
Michael Katz, 15, told ABC News he heard a loud bang at 2:20 p.m. from what he initially thought was a garbage truck.
“It was really loud. Then I heard it again,” Michael told ABC News. “Then I heard frantic screaming. I’ve never heard such loud screams in my life. Then we realized there was a shooting at my school.”
He said his English teacher, Ms. Lyons, already had the classroom door locked, and was signaling with her hands…