Florida high school shooting leaves ‘numerous fatalities,’ superintendent says; suspect in custody

A gunman opened fire at a Southern Florida high school today, leaving “numerous” people dead and sending students running for their lives, Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie told a local ABC affiliate.

At least 14 victims are being 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 is in custody but the scene is still active, the sheriff’s office said.

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First responders gather after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School 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.

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 there to pick me up.”

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Students walk with an armed escort after after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.
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First responders transport a person on a stretcher after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

One mother shaking with worry told ABC affiliate WPLG her daughter said she was OK, huddled in a locked classroom.

“She’s terrified,” the mother said. “She said she heard the gunshot.”

“I’m glad that she’s able to text,” she added.

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

Freshman student Samuel Dykes told the Orlando Sentinel that he was on the third floor of the school when he heard…

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