There are “multiple fatalities” from a shooting at a South Florida high school on Wednesday — and the gunman is in custody, according to authorities and reports.
The death and injury count at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, near Fort Lauderdale was not immediately known.
There have been “multiple fatalities” at the school, the Sun-Sentinel reported, quoting Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell of Coral Springs, whose fire services responded to the scene.
Margate Fire Dept. told the CBS affiliate in Miami that 20 to 50 people might be injured.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Palm Beach County are sending helicopters to help with medical evacuations.
CBS 4 Miami texted with a student who said they’re hiding in a closet.
“All of a sudden there was a really loud noise… people are crying in the closet,” the student wrote to CBS 4.
The outlet reported a number of people could be seen from their newscopter being loaded into ambulances on a stretcher.
Coral Springs police advised students and teachers in the locked down school should remain barricaded until officers reach them.
Real-time news footage from the scene included the all-too-familiar images of parking lot triage operations, worried waiting parents and of dozens of kids running from the school with their hands in the air or on the shoulders of their fellow students.
The shooting happened at around 2:30 p.m., close to dismissal time.