17 confirmed dead in Florida school shooting; 19-year-old suspect in custody

Published: Feb. 14, 2018 at 9:22 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2018 at 2:54 AM EST
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PARKLAND, FL (WOIO) - Multiple people were killed and injured during a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL Wednesday.

Several students, faculty and staff were seen being taken to ambulances.

The alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has been taken into custody, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Cruz, 19, who used to attend Marjory Stoneman, may have been flagged as a threat to students, reports the Miami Herald. Cruz allegedly used a .223 caliber AR-15-style rifle during the shooting

Local media reports say at least 14 people have been injured, and at least three are in critical condition.

Shots were initially reported close to dismissal time, between 2:30 and 3 p.m.

SWAT cleared the school complex room by room, and scores of officers remain on-scene.

Parkland is located northwest of Fort Lauderdale.

Several Ohio politicians offered their condolences and reactions in the wake of Wednesday's tragic mass murder.

Sen. Sherrod Brown:

"Connie and I are heartbroken for all those affected by yet another senseless act of violence today. We grieve with the Parkland community, and thank the first responders who came to the scene and the medical professionals caring for the injured."

Sen. Rob Portman:

"Heartbreaking news out of Florida. Jane and I send our prayers to the school, the community, and the victims of this tragedy."

Gov. John Kasich:

"The loss of life in Florida is such a tragedy. When a child is taken too soon, each family loses a lifetime of smiles, tears, laughter and love. And as a nation, we lose a piece of ourselves. We should all keep these families in our prayers."

Rep. Marcia Fudge:

"My thoughts and prayers are with the students and their families in Parkland, Florida. We find ourselves in a place where there has been another attack on a school. Today's horrific shooting marks the 18th this year alone.  Congress must do something about guns."

Rep. Bob Gibbs:

"Tragic news from Florida. May God look over the victims and their families. Thank you to first responders for rushing towards the danger today and every day."

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