Police have taken a person into custody in connection a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Officers could be seen handling someone in handcuffs near at a community at 11735 NW 47th Drive, near the school.
A source briefed on events says “there are multiple people shot” and the shooter “is possibly a former student.”
The father of a student at the school says the shooter was allegedly “wearing a black vest with a red shirt…and supposedly he pulled the fire alarm and planned it,” according to CBS This Morning.
Officers are inside the building looking at surveillance video and trying to identify the shooter.
Margate Fire Dept. says 20 to 50 people might be injured. The U.S. Coast Guard and Palm Beach County are sending helicopters to help.
A number of people could be seen being loaded into ambulances on a stretcher.
Inside, a student shared a picture as they took cover.
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CBS4’s Rick Folbaum was speaking over text message with a student at the school who is hiding in a closet.
“All of a sudden there was a really loud noise…..people are crying the closet,” the student wrote to him and later asked when police were coming to help them.
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The school was placed on lockdown but around 3 p.m. some students could be seen walking out of the school with their hands up, some in tears.
Officers are asking people to avoid the area.
President Donald Trump has been made aware of the school shooting.
“We are monitoring the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected,” wrote White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement on the shooting. At last check, he was on his way to Parkland.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI are responding.
UPDATE: Shooter Believed to be Nicholas Cruz:
The ‘heavily armed’ shooter, named by police as student Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19, entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, armed with what appears to be an assault rifle, and began shooting at just after 2pm.
Students barricaded themselves into their classrooms, while others were seen running out of the building with their hands in their air as police and SWAT teams swarmed the school. Those fleeing the school, in single file, each threw their backpack into a large pile and huddled together under trees across the street.
At around 4pm, two hours after the shooter first opened fire, police and SWAT teams took him into custody. Police describe him as a student and a former member of the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
Update: 17 Killed by Nicolas de Jesus Cruz:
PARKLAND, Fla. – Seventeen people were killed and more than a dozen others were taken to area hospitals after a shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.
The lone shooter was taken into custody off campus without incident.
Israel told reporters that Nikolas Cruz, 19, was previously expelled from the high school.
Israel said Cruz used an AR-15 rifle in the shooting and was equipped with multiple magazines. The sheriff said 12 people were found dead inside the school, two just outside the building and one on Pine Island Road. Israel said two other victims died at the hospital.
Dr. Evan Boyar, medical director of Broward Health North’s Department of Emergency Medicine, said 17 patients were taken to area hospitals, including nine to Broward Health North, seven to Broward Health Medical Center and one to Broward Health Coral Springs.
He said the suspect was among those treated at Broward Health North before he was released back to police.
Authorities and school officials did not immediately say why Cruz had been expelled from the school, but a student who had a class with him last year told Local 10 News that he got into trouble after bringing a weapon on campus.
“I heard that he wasn’t allowed to bring a backpack to school because they found a weapon in there, so ever since that day, he would bring a plastic bag,” she said.
The teen said she told her parents last year that she was afraid of Cruz and that he would tell his peers that he wanted to join the military so he could shoot people.
Cruz was seen walking into the BSO’s headquarters in a hospital gown hours after the shooting, where he would be questioned by detectives before being taken to jail.
Two law enforcement officials and a witness said Cruz was able to leave the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape.