At least 15 dead in ‘horrific’ Florida school shooting, suspect in custody

A gunman opened fire at a Southern Florida high school today, killing at least 15 people and sending students running for their lives, according to two law enforcement officers on the scene.

— At least 14 victims were taken to hospitals from the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said, though their conditions were not immediately clear.

— The suspect was taken into custody off campus but the scene is still active as SWAT teams clear the school, the sheriff’s office said.

— The suspect slipped out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, according to two law enforcement sources and an eyewitness.

— The suspect’s name is Nikolas Cruz, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

— The sheriff said Cruz is believed to be about 18 years old and is not a current student. He had attended the school but it is not clear when he left, the sheriff’s office said.

— Students were seen sprinting out of the school with their hands up as authorities with guns drawn swarmed the area. Other students were seen lined up one by one, leaving the area in an orderly fashion. Some students were hysterical, reported ABC affiliate WPLG.

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Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.
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First responders report after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.
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Women embrace in a waiting area for parents of students after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

Student Michael Katz told ABC News that at the end of the day he “heard what sounded like a garbage truck like banging.”

“Then also I hear, ‘Boom, boom, boom.’ I hear screaming everywhere,” he said. “I just got underneath my teacher’s desk.”

“We had police invade the school, and we were taken out,” Katz said. “Fortunately, my father was…

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