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Multiple deaths were reported Wednesday as gunfire broke out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with a suspect reported in custody.
Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell, whose city contracts fire service in Parkland, confirms there were "multiple fatalities."
There were 14 victims, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The agency did not say how many were fatalities.
A man in custody, wearing a red shirt, black pants and black boots, was seen being placed on a gurney.
FBI agents were on the scene interviewing students asking for anyone who saw the shooter.
SWAT told the class to keep their eyes forward as they exited the school, Dykes said.
At around dismissal time at 2:40 p.m., staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire and they enacted a “code red” lock down, according to the Broward School District.
A television news helicopter report showed several people on gurneys being placed into into fire rescue ambulances and groups of children walking across Northwest Pine Island Road. Television news cameras showed a young man with reddish hair wearing a red shirt who was surrounded by SWAT officers and put in handcuffs and being taken into custody.
“It’s a horrific situation,” Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said. “It’s just a horrible day for us.”
Students were streaming down Pine Island Road at 3:30. Some of them crying, some were talking on cell phones.
Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to come to Broward County immediately. He spoke on the phone with Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen, according to the governor’s office.
There are 3,208 children in grades 9 — 12 enrolled at the school.
Parents at area schools — including Sawgrass Springs Middle School and Westglades Middle School — said they received texts that those campuses were locked down.