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Suspect held in Florida high school shooting

Suspect held in Florida high school shooting

Investigators are trying to figure out what led a gunman to open fire at a Parkland high school killing 17 people.

The school district said in a statement that close to "dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire".

Israel said authorities have begun dissecting Cruz's background and social media history, describing some of the initial findings as "very, very disturbing".

'Police are working an active shooter scene, and ask that if you are in touch with your student you ask that they remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room, ' they tweeted.

17 victims in total were taken to two hospitals in the Broward County health system, according to Dr. Evan Boyar.

However Florida Senator Bill Nelson told Fox News there were "many deaths".

The gunman is a former student and was arrested without incident off campus, it added.

Cruz is reportedly a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, according to the Miami Herald.

The Associated Press later identified him as Nikolas Cruz.

Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County said Cruz is in custody and investigators are beginning to "dissect" what happened in the attack.

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Israel said Cruz was armed with "countless" magazines and a military-style rifle.

According to the Broward County Public Schools Twitter account, law enforcement is in the process of dismissing students.

Murray raced to the school only to be stopped by authorities under a highway overpass within view of the school buildings in Parkland.

Helicopter news videos showed students rushing out of the school in single-file lines with their hands placed on the shoulders of the person in front of them. I was kicked out of school myself and I saw what guns he had. "She could not stay on the phone with me though". Liam and 50-60 other classmates went into the band room.

Teacher Melissa Falkowski told USA networks that she had helped 19 students squeeze into a closet with her. "We have many, many parents out here".

"They were very scared", she said. The girl was later able to escape the school unharmed.

Parkland, with a population of 31,000 people in 2016, was named Florida's safest city a year ago, according to an analysis by the Washington-based National Council for Home Safety and Security, a home security industry trade association.

President Donald Trump has spoken with Florida Gov. Rick Scott about the shooting.

My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting. Trump later tweeted that "no child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school".

The FBI has established a tip line for anyone who has information about the shooting.


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