Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, has been locked down after reports of a shooting, police confirm. WSVN-TV reports that at least 20 people have been injured. The shooter is still at large, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said they are at the scene of a “developing incident” at 5901 Pine Island Road, which is Douglas High School, as of 3 p.m. Police said they received a report of an active shooter. Police have asked people to avoid the area. Officials confirmed to WSVN-TV that shots were fired.
This is a developing story and will be updated. Here is what we know so far:
1. The School Is on Lockdown & Police Are Searching for the Gunman
The school is on lockdown. Police are searching the building for the gunman, who has not yet been located.
A student who is inside the school told CBS Miami through text message, “All of a sudden there was a really loud noise…..people are crying” and hiding in “the closet.”
2. The Extent of the Injuries Are Not Yet Known & Several Gunshots Have Been Heard
According to WSVN, one person was seen being wheeled into a Coral Springs Fire Rescue ambulance, but the person was on his phone. Four other people were seen surrounded by fire rescuers, the news station reports. The extent of the injuries remains unclear.
Students have taken to Twitter to provide updates about the situation, saying they’ve heard several shots and are hiding in the school.
3. People Are Being Asked to Stay Away From the School
People are being asked to stay away from the area of the school. Law enforcement personnel and emergency rescuers from several agencies flooded the scene. Videos from local news helicopters showed some students being led away from the school, while officers set up a perimeter with guns drawn.
“AVOID AREA OF DOUGLAS HS for ACTIVE POLICE SCENE. Do not call 911 unless an emergency. Nothing further,” the Coral Springs Police Department, one of the agencies to respond, tweeted.
The department added, “Students/Teachers #Douglas High School Remain barricaded inside until police reach you.”
4. About 2,900 Students Attend the High School
About 2,900 students are enrolled at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, according to its website.
The school is part of the Broward County Public Schools system.
“I’ve spoken with @BrowardSheriff Scott Israel, @browardschools Superintendent Robert Runcie and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding Stoneman Douglas High School. We’ll continue to receive updates from law enforcement,” Florida Governor Rick Scott tweeted.
President Donald Trump has been made aware of the situation, the White House says.
5. There Have Been at Least 12 Other Shootings to Occur on School Property in the U.S. in 2018
There have been several shootings on school campuses around the country already this year.
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The shooting at Sal Marcos Middle School in California earlier this month was the 12th to occur on school property in the United States in 2018, according to the New York Times.
Included in that total is a shooting that occurred last week in Benton, Kentucky, on January 23. A 15-year-old student opened fire on classmates, killing two other 15-year-olds and injuring 18 other people. Just a day earlier, on January 22, a 15-year-old girl was shot by another student at a high school in Italy, Texas. She survived the shooting and the gunman was arrested.
The other shootings have not been as high-profile, according to NPR, which compiled a list of the incidents. On the same day as the Texas shooting, a student was wounded in the parking lot of a New Orleans charter school. On January 20, a man was shot and killed on the campus of Wake Forest University. The victim was a student at Winston-Salem State University and was attending a sorority party.
On January 15, a bullet was fired into a dorm room in Marshall, Texas, on the campus of Wiley College.
On January 10, there were three shootings on the same day. The first was a suicide at Coronado Elementary School in Arizona. Then a student fired a shot in a classroom at Grayson College in Texas, but nobody was hit. Police say it was an accidental discharge during a criminal justice class. And a shot was fired at a building on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino. No one was injured there.
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On January 6, a shot was fired at a school bus carrying students in Iowa, shattering a window, but not causing injuries. On January 4, two shots were fired into a Seattle high school classroom. And on that same day a man shot himself in the parking lot of an empty elementary school in Michigan.
“We have absolutely become numb to these kinds of shootings, and I think that will continue,” said Katherine W. Schweit, a former FBI official who co-authore a study on active shooting incidents, told the Times.
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