Parkland high school shooting: Police 'hunting for bombs' as 'multiple dead and up to 50 injured' in Florida
Multiple people are believed to have been killed and up to 50 injured in a high school shooting in Florida.
Police were called to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland when shortly before students were to be dismissed for the day today, the sound of gunfire ripped through the air, school officials said.
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida told MSNBC "there are a number of fatalities" after the whole school was put on lockdown.
There are images of people being treated for injuries in the street and local reports suggest at least 20 people have been hurt. Fox 10 reports up to 50 people injured in the incident this afternoon.
At least 14 of the victims have been transported to hospital, the Broward County Sheriff confirmed.
The suspect has now been taken into custody, a sheriff's spokesm an said. Unconfirmed reports on social media claimed the shooter was "wearing a gas mask".
Reports suggest that police are 'searching for bombs' on the school property.
A local reporter claims there are concerns of a device on campus, possibly in a backpack, but officials have not yet confirmed this.
One witness claimed he'd heard the shooter was a current student, but this also remains unconfirmed.Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
Despite the school being on lockdown, live TV footage shows dozens of students running and walking away from t he school, weaving their way between large numbers of emergency vehicles including police cars, ambulances and fire trucks.
According to local reports, as many as 40 students and a teacher are locked inside a closet in the high school.
One student who had graduated but come back to visit one of her teachers said at first she thought it was a fire drill, but when she heard "five pops" she realised it wasn't.
Describing the chaos she said: "Kids were freaking out. Some kids were on their phones. A lot were on their phones trying to Snapchat everything because they thought it was a joke, but it wasn't."Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
Donald Trump has tweeted: "My prayers and condol ences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting.
"No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."
The US President added: "Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting."
The school, which has been placed on a "code red" lockdown, currently has no information on the victims, a spokeswoman for
the county sheriff's office said.
A panicked Twitter user who said she was "still inside" said that she was "freaking out".
Michael Katz, a student, told ABC News that he "heard what sounded like a garbage truck like banging".
He added: "Then also I hear, 'Boom, boom, boom.' I hear screaming everywhere. I just got underneath my teacher's desk."
The pupil said they were taken out of the premises by police and luckily he was p icked up by his dad.
Coral Springs Police warned people to avoid the area due to an "active police scene" and have said not to call 911 unless it's an emergency.
The police force tweeted: "Do not attempt to get to the school this perimeter is LOCKED down."
In another tweet, they added: "Students/Teachers Douglas High School Remain barricaded inside until police reach you."
One social media user said: "All hell is breaking loose at Douglas high school Coralspringsfla kids texting about a shooter ???? (sic).
He said there was a steady stream of SWAT and police officers walking and running inside.
Another said: "Another senseless shooting, this time at local Stoneman Douglas High School i n Parkland, Florida.
"Prayers to all the kids, teachers and staff!"
One panicked mother told ABC that her daughter was huddled inside a classroom and was terrified after hearing a gunshot.
She had heard from her girl through text messages, and reassured her she was OK.
Students were being evacuated to West Glades Middle School this afternoon, according to CBS News.
The Broward Sheriff's Office said earlier they were working on a developing incident regarding a report of an active shooter.
On Twitter, they wrote: "Deputies are responding to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High.
"There are reports of victims."Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
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