Police respond to shooting at Parkland, Florida, high school

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A gunman opened fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday afternoon, and there are “a number of fatalities,” according to Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Authorities responded to an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland around 2:30 p.m. and said that the gunman was not in custody. More than an hour later, just after 4 p.m., the Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter that a suspect had been apprehended, adding that the scene was still active.

Citing Broward County officials, Nelson told NBC News that there were multiple fatalities.

“This is a really bad day,” he said.

Earlier, the sheriff’s office tweeted that “there are reports of victims,” but did not say how many people were injured. Broward County Public Schools said on Twitter that the sound of gunfire broke out shortly before school was dismissed for the day, and that it received reports of “possible multiple injuries.”


Emergency responders at a school in Parkland, Florida.