Florida high school shooting kills 17

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There were at least 14 victims taken to local hospitals, Israel said. There was no word on the extent of those injuries.

"I don't know the specifics", the sheriff said. Numerous other people were injured.

"I'm scared for the other parents here".

Though he didn't have a breakdown of how many victims were students and how many were teachers, the sheriff said the deceased were a mixture of young people and adults. A math teacher at the school told the Miami Herald "we were told previous year that he wasn't allowed on campus with a backpack on him". The kids had already had a fire drill earlier in the day.

At first, we thought it was a hoax, because in today's day and age, you just never know.

"As soon as I realized what was happening, I got the students, went into the back of the room and did what we were supposed to do". "We have many, many parents out here". "We were told past year that he wasn't allowed on campus with a backpack on him", math teacher Jim Gard told the paper.

Another student at the school told local WSVN-TV that Cruz was known to have guns at home.

"Honestly, all people were saying that it was going to be him". But it turns out everyone predicted it.

"He was on the third floor. He's prepared for this stuff".

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He posted more updates as the lockdown went on.

A Snapchat video uploaded to YouTube shows frightened students sheltering under tables as a number of gunshots are fired in the classroom. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate the school.

"Long live Marjory Stoneman Douglas High", the caption of the Tweet said.

"Important for all to avoid unverified information", he said.

Runcie said the teen was arrested without incident after he was located off the school grounds in a nearby community.

The White House cancelled its planned daily briefing in the wake of the shooting, as President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his condolences. "We are working closely with law enforcement on the awful Florida school shooting", said another tweet from the President.

My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the bad Florida shooting.

ABC News reports that the Broward County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting at Stoneman Douglass High School on Wednesday afternoon.