Superintendent: ‘Numerous Fatalities’ in Florida School Shooting

By Melanie Arter | February 14, 2018 | 5:47 PM EST

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(CNSNews.com) - At least 14 people were injured - and a number of people are dead - after gunman opened fire Wednesday at a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., reports said.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took place at the end of the school day shortly before 3pm.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the shooting suspect was taken into custody.

School Superintendent Robert Runcie said the suspect is a former student. He said there were "numerous fatalities" from the shooting.

The White House said “thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”

President Donald Trump has spoken with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and offered federal assistance if needed, the White House said. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also spoke with Gov. Scott as well as state and local officials and has briefed the president on those conversations.

The White House press briefing was cancelled in light of the tragedy.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement, "This is an unspeakable tragedy. It is nothing short of true evil to attack innocent children.

“While we now wait to learn more, we are so grateful to law enforcement and all those who brought this horror to an end. Let us all keep the victims in our hearts. A long night lies ahead for many families. Right now, the whole country is standing with the Parkland community," Ryan said.

 


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