PARKLAND, Fla. (WSAV) — A 19-year-old has been arrested after opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.
According to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, at least 17 people are dead. “It’s catastrophic. There really are no words,” he said.
Israel explained that 12 individuals were killed inside of the building, two just outside of the school, and one on a nearby street. Two others died at the hospital.
He said the victims include a mix of children and adults.
The shooter has been identified as Nikolas Cruz. He is a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Cruz was arrested without incident after he was located off of school grounds in a nearby community. He was checked out at a hospital and taken to a secure location.
Authorities say Cruz pulled a fire alarm at the Florida high school, creating a scene of chaos before opening fire on students and teachers.
He had at least one AR-15 weapon.
School board officials said staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire shortly before dismissal and the school went on an immediate lockdown.
The high school located in southeast Florida about 25 miles north of Fort Lauderdale.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he has spoken with law enforcement officials about the shooting.
President Donald Trump says he is monitoring the situation.
The FBI has established a tipline. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call 1-800-Call-FBI with tips.
This story is developing. News 3 will continue to bring you further updates.