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 on Wednesday, leaving 17 lifeless whereas panicked college students barricaded themselves inside lecture rooms and frantic mother and father raced to the scene. 

The Broward County Sheriff’s Workplace stated 12 of the lifeless have been killed inside the varsity. 

The gunman was taken into custody almost two hours after the capturing was reported, authorities stated. 

Authorities and SWAT officers are nonetheless clearing the varsity and say it isn’t protected, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel stated at a information convention. 

The gunman, who hasn’t been formally recognized, is about 18 years previous and was arrested off the varsity’s campus then taken to an area hospital, Israel stated. Flanked by officers, the suspect was 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. 

Broward County Public Faculties Superintendent Robert Runcie stated “a number of fatalities” have been reported.

“It is a horrific state of affairs. It is only a horrible day for us,” he stated. “…This can be a day we prayed would by no means occur in our county.” 

He stated each highschool within the county has a police presence, including there are sometimes two officers at each faculty. 

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Margate Hearth Chief Dan Booker informed the Miami Herald that the capturing was a mass casualty incident. He stated greater than 20 have been harm, though he couldn’t affirm precisely what number of have been injured or what number of have been shot.

The varsity district launched a press release explaining the capturing occurred near dismissal time. When college students heard what appeared like gunfire, the varsity was positioned on…