'Multiple Injured' In Florida School Shooting; Suspect In Custody

Over 20 reported injured by gunman at Florida school

Parent John Obin says his son, a freshman at the South Florida high school where the shooting erupted, was in class when he heard several shots. Twelve of those were killed inside the school building, two were killed just outside, one died on the street and two other victims died of their injuries at a hospital, Israel said.

Sheriff Israel, whose own triplets graduated from the high school, said what happened makes him sick to his stomach. "It's catastrophic. There really are no words", he said. "She's afraid to speak", a man who identified himself as Caesar Figueroa and said his daughter was inside the school, told CBS News.

Sen. Marco Rubio urged caution as reports about the shooting flooded in via news broadcasts and social media. It's a day that you pray, every day that you get up, that you will never have to see. "I ask the community for prayers and their support for the children and their families", Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Daniel Huerfano, a student who fled Wednesday's attack, said he recognized Cruz from an Instagram photo in which Cruz posed with a gun in front of his face. Her stepsister is also on lockdown in a different classroom, she said."Everyone just started freaking out", a student told CNN affiliate WSVN."We all thought it was a fire drill because we had one previously today", he said.

Authorities in Florida are responding to a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Coral Springs with early reports suggesting there have been fatalities and many injured.

According to Figueroa, she texted him that she was hidden inside a closet at school with friends: "She was in a classroom and she heard gunshots by the window".

The school is one of Florida's largest in the county with just over 3,100 students in the 2016-2017 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. "We received no warning".

Law enforcement sources told CNN the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is tracing the.223 caliber, AR-15 style firearm used in the shootings.

IBT will continue to update this story.

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