Parents wait for news after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Multiple deaths were reported Wednesday as gunfire broke out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with a suspect in custody.
Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell, whose city contracts fire service in Parkland, confirms there were “multiple fatalities.”
There were 14 victims, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The agency did not say how many were fatalities.
A man in custody, wearing a red shirt, black pants and black boots, was seen being placed on a gurney. At 4:47 p.m. he was seen being wheeled in to Broward Health North hospital in Deerfield Beach.
FBI agents were on the scene interviewing students asking for anyone who saw the shooter.
“You’re ok!” One student said as she cried and hugged her friend who had just come out. “You’re safe now, don’t worry.”
Samuel Dykes, a freshman, was on the third floor of the school when he said he heard gunshots, and saw several bodies in a classroom.
SWAT told the class to keep their eyes forward as they exited the school, Dykes said.
At around dismissal time at 2:40 p.m., staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire and they enacted a “code red” lock down, according to the Broward School District.
A television news helicopter report showed several people on gurneys being placed into fire rescue ambulances and groups of children walking across Northwest Pine Island Road. Television news cameras showed a young man with reddish hair wearing a red shirt who was surrounded by SWAT officers and put in handcuffs and being taken into custody.