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At least two dead after high school shooting in Florida

Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent

A teenage gunman opened fire in his former high school in southern Florida on Wednesday, killing at least two people and causing many more injuries.

There were “at least 14” victims who were transported to local hospitals, Broward County school superintendent Robert Runcie said.

Thousands of students were evacuated from the school after the attack took place, some carried out in stretchers.

The incident happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkla nd, a town about 30 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, shortly before 3pm, as the school day was coming to a close.

The suspect, believed to have been a former student at the school, was found off-campus at the nearby town of Coral Springs. He was taken into custody by police and transferred to a nearby hospital.

Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a shooting incident in Parkland, Florida. Photograph: WSVN.com via REUTERS
Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a shooting incident in Parkland, Florida. Photograph: WSVN.com via REUTERS

‘No warnings, no threats’

Mr Runcie said police had received “no warnings, no threats”, about an imminent attack. “It’s a day that you pray, every day, that we will never have to see. I ask the community for their prayers, their support for these children and their families. We are going to do whatever we can to come together as a community to come through this.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is a large facility of about 3,000 students.

President Donald Trump said his thoughts and prayers were with those affected. “My prayers and condolences t o the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting,” he tweeted. “No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

The president and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, spoke by phone to Florida’a governor Rick Scott shortly after the attack, as well as to various state and local officials. The president offered federal assistance to the governor, the White House said.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had been placed on a “code red” lockdown. Photograph: Google
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had been placed on a “code red” lockdown. Photograph: Google

Wednesday’s gun attack, which took place on St Valentine’s Day, is the fourth fatal gun incident to take place at an American school in 2018. Last month a student at a Kentucky high school shot 16 people, killing two other 15-year-olds.

Last year, the US experienced several mass shootings. In October, a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more when he opened fire from a Las Vegas hotel, targeting concertgoers.

A month later, 26 people were killed in a church in Southern Springs, near San Antonio, Texas, when a 26-year-old local man opened fire.

“It’s catastrophic. There really are no words,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said as he updated the media on the attack.

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