Sheriff Says There Are "At Least 14 Victims" In Florida School Shooting
Israel told reporters 14 people were taken to nearby hospitals with varying injuries, but law enforcement officials were still searching the school for the opportunity of more people injured inside.
The suspect, identified only as approximately 18 years worn, was taken into custody external of the school without incident, Israel said.
“From what I understand there was a time when he did attend the school,” he told reporters.
Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky told CNN she had not received any first-hand information on the number of injuries.
“The police are very busy in the school securing everything and letting students out as their area is secure,” she said. “That’s where their focus has been and should be.”
The school has a single point of entry security and there is always a police officer at the school, the mayor said.
But she and several students ran back inside and into a closet as shots began to ring out at the school.
“I managed to achieve 19 kids in the closet with me,” she told CNN. “We were in the closet for probably 40 minutes.”
A friend of hers, while walking out of the classroom after the shooting, told her she saw three bodies on the floor.
Falkowski said the school had received training approximately a possible active shooter situation a few weeks ago, which might possess helped save lives.
“whether we hadn’t had that training it could possess been a lot worse.”
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters the school had received no threats warning of the shooting.
“We didn’t possess any warnings, there weren’t any phone calls or threats that were made,” Runcie said.
He said the school, along with authorities, would be conducting an investigation in case that there were any warning signs that had been missed regarding the shooting.
“We got to recognize individuals that are in distress,” he said.
Lissette Rozenblet told CNN her daughter, a sophomore at the school who was on the third floor of one school’s buildings, texted her to call 911. The girl told her mother she heard shots and could hear someone injured calling out for support.
Rozenblet’s daughter later called her mother to say she had safely evacuated to a nearby Walmart.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson, speaking to CNN, said he was told there had been “a number of fatalities.”
“This is a unpleasant day for Florida and for the country,” Nelson said. “And you can imagine the grief of the parents right now, not knowing as well as the students not knowing.”
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