Parkland, FL – More than 20 people have been shot or injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland during what police have labeled an “active shooter” situation.
Officers responded to an area near the school at 5901 Pine Island Road for a report of shots fired just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, WTVJ reported.
WSVN’s live stream reported there more than 20 people injured, but there are no exact numbers available as to how many victims were shot.
A student who stopped to talk with reporters told WSVN that he heard gunfire from his classroom, but assumed it was just students popping balloons somewhere on the high school campus. There were a lot of balloons on campus for Valentine’s Day.
“I was in my classroom and the fire alarm went off and we all just went out … and then we saw kids running and we heard rumors,” he told WSVN.
Another student, who was rushing to evacuate, stopped to tell WSVN that the shooting happened on the second floor of the freshman building on the campus.
Just before 3 p.m., the Coral Springs Police tweeted a message to students and teachers who are caught inside buildings on the campus telling them to shelter in place.
Earlier, the Coral Springs Police posted a tweet asking people not to call 911.
SWAT has brought in armored vehicles to approach both sides of the building where the suspect is believed to be hiding, according to WSVN.
WSVN reported that the suspect is wearing a black hat and a burgundy or maroon-colored shirt.
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