Florida school shooting: At least 17 dead.
At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old former student opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida, police have said.
The suspect has been named as Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at the school who had been expelled.
Mr Nikolas Cruz killed three people outside the school, before entering the building and killing another 12.
Mr Nikolas Cruz, who had been expelled for “disciplinary reasons”, was taken into custody without incident in the nearby town of Coral Springs about an hour after he left the high school, according to police.
“We have already begun to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things… are very, very disturbing,” Sheriff Israel said.
“Just a horrible day for us,” said Robert Runcie, the superintendent of the county’s school district.
Police and SWAT team members swarmed the campus and began clearing students from the school in Parkland, as parents and ambulances converged on the scene.
Many students said they thought it was a drill after hearing the fire alarm go off shortly before the shooting.
Students told US media they hid under desks, in closets or barricaded doors as loud shots rang out.
One student, Bailey Vosberg, said: “I heard what sounded like fireworks and I looked at my friend and he asked me if I heard that.”
“Immediately, I knew. I didn’t say anything to him, I just hopped over the fence and I went straight to the road that our school is located on – and as I got there was just Swat cars and police units, police vehicles just flying by, helicopters over the top of us.”
It is one of the deadliest school shootings since 2012 at a Connecticut school were 26 people were killed.