A gunman opened fire at a South Florida high school today, killing 17 people and sending students running for their lives, according to two law enforcement officers on the scene.
— At least 14 victims were being treated by Broward Health Hospitals from the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland; five are in life-threatening condition. Victims include students and adults, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
— The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was taken into custody off campus. He slipped out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, according to two law enforcement sources and an eyewitness.
— Cruz had “countless magazines” and was believed to have an AR-15 rifle, the sheriff said.
— The sheriff said Cruz had attended the school but was expelled for disciplinary reasons.
— Students were seen sprinting out of the school with their hands up as authorities with guns drawn swarmed the area. Other students were seen lined up one by one, leaving the area in an orderly fashion. Some students were hysterical, reported ABC affiliate WPLG.
Student Michael Katz told ABC News that at the end of the day he “heard what sounded like a garbage truck like banging.”
“Then also I hear, ‘Boom, boom, boom.’ I hear screaming everywhere,” he said. “I just got underneath my teacher’s desk.”
“We had police invade the school, and we were taken out,” Katz said. “Fortunately, my father was there…