What we know about the school shooting in Broward County, Florida

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Police in Broward County, Florida responded to a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon.

The Broward County Sheriff’s office said it was “working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter.”

About an hour later, the Broward County Sherriff said a suspect had been taken into custody.

According to South Florida news outlets, nearly 40 students and teachers were on lockdown inside the school in the middle of the afternoon.

According to Broward County Schools, after the lockdown, Marjory Stoneman Douglas began dismissing students around 3:40 pm.

Local news outlets on the scene initially reported more than 20 people were injured. The fire department from nearby Margate, Florida said it was treating the situation as a “mass casualty incident” with 20 to 50 victims.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) reports there are “many deaths” as a result of the shooting.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the school shooting Wednesday afternoon and tweeted out his prayers and condolences to the victims and their families, tweeting, “no child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

This is the 19th school shooting in 2018 so far.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information emerges. 

Author: Rebekah Entralg

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