The New York Post: Multiple fatalities in Florida high school shooting as gunman apprehended

There are “multiple fatalities” from a shooting at a South Florida high school on Wednesday — and the gunman, a former student, is in custody, according to authorities and reports.

The death and injury count at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, near Fort Lauderdale was not immediately known.

There have been multiple fatalities at the school, the Sun-Sentinel reported, quoting Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell, whose fire services responded to the scene.

The Margate Fire Department told the CBS affiliate in Miami that 20 to 50 people might be injured.

The US Coast Guard and Palm Beach County sent helicopters to help with medical evacuations.

The gunman is a former student who has been taken into custody, the superintendent of Broward County schools, Robert Runcie, told reporters.

“There are numerous fatalities,” Runcie said, his voice breaking.

“It’s a horrific situation. It’s just a horrible day for us.”

There is no indication of more than one shooter, and it is believed that one of those killed is “an administrator” at the school, he said.

“It’s a day that you pray every day you’ll never have to see,” he said.

CBS 4 Miami texted with a student who was hiding in a closet.

“All of a sudden there was a really loud noise… people are crying in the closet,” the student wrote to CBS 4.

The outlet reported a number of people could be seen from its news helicopter being loaded into ambulances on a stretcher.

Coral Springs police advised students and teachers in the locked-down school to remain barricaded until officers reach them.

Real-time news footage from the scene included the all-too-familiar images of parking lot triage operations, worried waiting parents and dozens of kids running from the school with their hands in the air or on the shoulders of their fellow students.

The shooting happened at around 2:30 p.m., close to dismissal time.

The White House issued this statement:

“The President has spoken with Governor Scott of Florida and offered federal assistance if needed.

“Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen also spoke with Governor Scott as well as state and local officials. She has briefed the President on those conversations.

“The Governor, the Secretary, and other Administration officials will continue to keep the President updated… We continue to keep the victims, and their friends and family, in our thoughts and prayers.”

First lady Melania Trump tweeted, “My heart is heavy over the school shooting in Florida. Keeping all affected in my thoughts & prayers.”

This story originally appeared at NYPost.com

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