A gunman reportedly opened fire at a Parkland, Florida high school on Wednesday, killing 17 people, according to ABC News.
CBS News confirmed that the shooter was Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the tragedy took place.
The Broward County Sheriff’s office confirmed that he was in custody. This is the 18th school shooting in 2018.
The sheriff’s office tweeted that “at least 14 victims” were taken to a nearby hospital.
So far we have at least 14 victims. Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital. #StonemanShooting
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
“It’s catastrophic,” said Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal. “There really are no words.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke to Sheriff Israel about the incident and that he’s headed to Broward County to get more information about the situation.
On my way to Broward County now to be briefed on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by local law enforcement and emergency management officials. pic.twitter.com/lFVR5d8NLy
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 14, 2018
It’s unclear what the shooter’s motives were.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.