The person who is suspected of shooting up to 20 to 50 people at Stoneman Douglas High School is in custody. Witnesses reported the gunman was wearing a red shirt, and police were seen handcuffing a person in a red shirt. CBS reporters on the scene heard law enforcement say the suspect might be in custody, and this was later confirmed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. These are photos that have been seen of the suspect so far. None appear to show the person’s face.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson said on Fox News that there have been “many deaths” at the school as a result of the shooting. The exact number of people who died or were injured is not yet known. Reports ranged from 20 to 50 injured. The shooting is being treated as a mass casualty incident. The shooting was reported at 2:30 p.m., and an hour later the shooter wasn’t in custody yet. The shooting happened close to dismissal. While police were searching for the gunman, students were kept on lockdown and asked to stay calm and remain in barricaded rooms.
WSVN/ScreengrabThe suspect is taken into custody outside of a home.
Students who were in the school shared updates about their situation on Twitter. One parent, Jay Golden, said his daughter was crying and texting him that she was OK.