What we know about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida

This is the 18th school shooting in 2018 so far.

Seventeen people died in a school shooting in Broward County, Florida on Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, police responded to a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At the time, the Broward County Sheriff’s office said it was “working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter.”

About an hour later, the Broward County Sherriff said a suspect had been taken into custody.

Multiple outlets have identified the shooter as 19-year-old Nick Cruz, a former student who may been identified a potential threat to fellow students in the past, according to one teacher.


“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said one of Cruz’s former math teachers to the Miami Herald. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

According to South Florida news outlets, nearly 40 students and teachers were on lockdown inside the school in the middle of the afternoon.

Local news outlets on the scene initially reported more than 20 people were injured. The fire department from nearby Margate, Florida said it was treating the situation as a “mass casualty incident” with 20 to 50 victims.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) reported there were “many deaths.”

President Donald Trump was briefed on the school shooting Wednesday afternoon and tweeted out his prayers and condolences to the victims and their families, tweeting, “no child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

This is the 18th school shooting in 2018 so far.

This is a breaking news story and has been updated as more information emerged. 

CORRECTION: This piece previously stated that this is the 19th school shooting in 2018. It is actually the 18th.