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At least 20 people have been injured in an active shooter situation in south Florida at a high school.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office called in the SWAT team to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a suspect opened fire Wednesday. The FBI was briefed on the situation as well.
The Broward Country School District tweeted a statement,“Today, close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site.”
WSVN reported that students on the ground outside of the school were being attended to by first responders. Some students and teachers were seen running from the building, while others were being escorted out by heavily armed law enforcement.
Margate Fire Rescue has been deemed it a mass casualty incident, which means there could be from 20 to 50 people injured.
Teachers and students still within the school were asked to stay put and to hide until given further instruction.
The Coral Springs Police Department tweeted, “Students/Teachers #Douglas High School Remain barricaded inside until police reach you.”
Parents of students at the high school and a nearby middle school were informed that the middle school was also put on lockdown as a precaution.
President Trump was briefed on the situation as was Florida Governor Rick Scott.
President Trump tweeted his condolences, “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”
Gov. Scott tweeted, “I’ve spoken with @BrowardSheriff Scott Israel, @browardschools Superintendent Robert Runcie and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding Stoneman Douglas High School. We’ll continue to receive updates from law enforcement.”
“Just spoke with @POTUS about shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the entire community. We will continue to receive briefings from law enforcement and issue updates.”