A lone suspect in the United States was arrested by police on Wednesday following a shooting at a Florida high school that resulted in 17 killed, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities confirmed the shooter as Nicholas Cruz, a male aged 19 who was a former student at the school. He reportedly was on campus earlier in the day.
Over an hour after shooting began at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkdale, authorities said the sole suspect was detained, but warned the scene was “still active.”
Superintendent for the the Broward County public system Robert Runcie told reporters that “there are fatalities involved here.”
“So far we have at least 14 victims,” the sheriff’s office reported earlier in the afternoon.
“Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.”
The suspect was also sent to hospital.
Cruz “wore a gas mask and [had] smoke grenades. He set off the fire alarm so the kids would come out into the hallways,” said Florida Senator Nelson.
Graphic video purportedly from inside the high school during the shooting.
Cruz was arrested by Coral Springs Police about 2 k.m. from the shooting location some 120 minutes after the shooting started, with police working with the premise that there was only one shooter.
Broward County Public Schools said that students were being cleared from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus building by building.
The suspect has a social media presence that includes interests in guns and a YouTube chat video that talked about bombs, reported national media affiliates.
A teacher in the classroom where the shooting started was debriefed by authorities.
SWAT responded as shots were heard inside with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on-scene in support.
The Florida shooting marks the twelfth known school shooting in the U.S. this year,
There have been over 300 similar incidents since 2013 which works out to an average of more than one per week.
The Broward County Public School system is the sixth largest in the U.S. and includes 270,000 students and 30,000 faculty at elementary and high school facilities.
U.S. President Donald Trump gave his “prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting”, saying that “no child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”
Image of the scene from Vox.