Police and other emergency services in Florida are responding to an active shooter at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, officials and witnesses say. There are reports of a large number of victims.
The incident began just after 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday when officers were called to reports of shots being fired at the high school, which is located near Pompano Beach, about 34 miles (55 kilometers) north of Miami.
“Avoid area of Douglas HS for active police scene. Do not call 911 unless an emergency,” Coral Springs Police said in a tweet, adding: “Do not attempt to get to the school, this perimeter is LOCKED down.”
Footage from the scene showed at least 8 people being treated by paramedics, but fire rescue officials told WSVN-TV that the number of victims was as high as 20. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office would only confirm that there were multiple victims.
The suspect was not in custody as of 3:20 p.m. ET and a large number of police officers, including SWAT teams, have responded to the scene. The suspect has been described as a white male who may be wearing a gas mask.
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