Florida shooting: Suspect in custody as ‘number of fatalities’ reported at high school

  • Suspect in custody following shooting at Florida high school
  • Gunman reportedly wore gas mask and set off the fire alarm
  • 14 victims of school shooting, Broward sheriff confirms
  • “Multiple fatalities” confirmed by school superintendent
  • Shooting is 13th in a US school this year so far

 

Police in Florida have arrested a teenager after a mass shooting at a high school in the town of Parkland.

Local media reports initially suggested up to seven people were dead, with 14 taken to hospital.

The gunman was reported to be a former pupil of the school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Florida senator Bill Nelson, said he had been told several students were killed.

“It is quite alarming, but it appears there are a number of fatalities in this terrible tragedy,” he told MSNBC.

Some pupils said a fire alarm went off at around 2.40pm and they went outside. Then they began to hear sounds like “balloons popping” and see teachers acting frantically.

One pupil said they heard five or six gunshots and people began running back into the school. Another said their friend had texted her to say: “There’s a lot of blood.”

The Broward County school board confirmed multiple injuries.

While police were hunting for the gunman pupils hid in classrooms.

One sent a text message to a local news reporter, saying: “All of a sudden there was a really loud noise…..people are crying the closet.”

Television stations showed pupils  leaving the buildings with their hands on their heads, watched by armed police. Some were seen running.

Lissette Rozenbley, whose daughter was evacuated from the school, told CNN: “My daughter was texting, she was very nervous, she could hear a person shot crying out for help. She was a nervous wreck. I told her ‘I love you’.”

She added: “I was…

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