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NATIONAL NEWS: Numerous Fatalities Reported in S. Fla. School Shooting

February 14, 2018, 11:26 AM HST
* Updated February 14, 1:31 PM
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UPDATE: Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m.

A Florida sheriff confirmed that 17 were killed in a mass shooting in West Broward County.

The suspect, age 19, has been taken into custody.

ORIGINAL POST: Feb. 14, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

According to national news sources, including the Sun Sentinel, the main daily newspaper for Broward County, Florida, multiple fatalities were reported Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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Authorities report that a suspect in custody.

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Students and teachers in the locked down school were told to remain barricaded inside until officers reach them.

The Sun Sentinel reported that Samuel Dykes, a freshman, was on the third floor of the school when he said he heard gunshots and saw several bodies in a classroom.

SWAT told the class to keep their eyes forward as they exited the school, Dykes said.

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At around dismissal time at 2:40 p.m., staff and students heard what sounded like gunfire and they enacted a “code red” lock down, according to the Broward School District.

A television news helicopter report showed several people on gurneys being placed into into fire rescue ambulances and groups of children walking across Northwest Pine Island Road.

“Kids were running out full of blood,” Derval Walton told the Sun Sentinel. “Kids were falling in the grass.”

The Sun Sentinel reports that there are 3,208 children in grades nine through 12 enrolled at the school.

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