Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says there are a number of casualties in a capturing at a highschool in South Florida. (Feb. 14)

A former scholar went on a capturing rampage at a Florida highschool Wednesday, leaving 17 lifeless whereas panicked college students barricaded themselves inside lecture rooms and frantic mother and father raced to the scene. 

The gunman, who had been expelled and did not graduate, was recognized as 19-yr-previous Nikolaus Cruz. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel stated Cruz was armed with “numerous” magazines and an AR-15-type rifle.

Cruz was arrested a brief distance from the varsity close to a house, a regulation enforcement official who shouldn’t be approved to remark publicly advised USA TODAY. College students acknowledged the suspect in the course of the assault, he stated.

Flanked by officers, the suspect was later escorted right into a police station sporting a hospital robe. 

“That is catastrophic,” Israel stated. “There are actually no phrases.” 

The capturing occurred about 2 p.m. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland, Fla., which is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, in line with the Coral Springs Police Division. 

College students stated chaos ensued when a hearth alarm sounded within the faculty close to dismissal time — then the gunfire began. Israel stated Cruz began capturing outdoors then made his approach via the varsity’s hallways. 

Tv footage confirmed the terrifying moments outdoors the varsity. College students ran single file from the constructing with their arms within the air — throwing backpacks into a big pile and huddling beneath timber throughout the road. 

As college students scrambled to security, regulation enforcers with weapons drawn approached the constructing.

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The gunman was expelled from the varsity for “disciplinary causes,” however Israel didn’t elaborate.

Cameras captured authorities taking Cruz into custody and to an area hospital. Police earlier stated the gunman was a member of the JROTC program.