17 Killed, More Injured in FL School Shooting; Suspect in Custody (UPDATED)

Police in South Florida are converging on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School due to reports of a shooting incident.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has said the Parkland school is on lockdown over a reported “active shooter” situation, and they are advising people to avoid the area.

An hour and a half after the first alert went out, the office announced that the shooter is in custody. They have also confirmed that at least 14 people have been shot, though the extent of their injuries and precise number of fatalities remain unknown.

During a press conference, Sheriff Scott Israel announced that they located the shooter off-campus. He also announced that there were “multiple” casualties and the suspect is not a student at the school.

Crowds of people have evacuated the school already, and ambulances have been on site for hours in order to transport those who were hurt.

Injury and fatality reports are still being ascertained, but local media previously reported that the incident was a mass casualty event with 20 to 50 people injured.

CBS obtained phone footage from a student trapped in the school, which contains disturbing audio of gunshots ringing out.

The school remains on lockdown, and police stormed the building in order to reach the students still barricaded inside. Multiple news sources described the shooter as a white man wearing a burgundy shirt, and one person fitting that profile has been placed under arrest.

Parents and residents have approached the school, but are being held back so authorities can prepare a staging and on-site triage center. The FBI arrived at the scene and are working with SWAT teams and local officials.

President Trump, Florida senator Marco Rubio, and Governor Rick Scott are monitoring the situation:

Senator Bill Nelson is also on top of the situation, and he says he has been told of many people who are now dead.

This video of a SWAT team showing up in one of the classrooms has gotten some attention online:

CNN is now reporting at least 16 dead:

UPDATE –– 6:28 pm ET: Law enforcement confirmed at a press conference tonight the death toll is 17.

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