Students were seen filing out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland with their hands above their heads, led away by armed police officers.
Others fled across the car park as they ran for safety. The perimeter has extended outside the school and into the surrounding area as officers attempt to create a safe zone for nearly citizens.
A person of interest has since been apprehended roughly a mile away from the school. He is being taken to Broward Health North where four of his alleged victims are being treated.
Senator Bill Nelson has confirmed there are “many dead” following the incident.
Police raced to the high school after it was placed on a ‘code red’ lockdown, with high powered military vehicles also seen on the site. The first calls came in at roughly 2pm local time. More than 20 victims are believed to have been injured.
There are also unconfirmed reports a teacher who attempted to defend her students may have died.
One victim heard the gunshots and thought it may have been caused by balloons popping, with many found around the site to commemorate Valentine’s Day.
In a statement Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said: “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.”
SWAT teams are currently on the scene along with the FBI, with some students believed to still be locked in their classrooms.
A person of interest is believed to be a student who was in class earlier that day.
The White House and local Senator Marco Rubio are currently monitoring the situation.
In a statement Senator Rubio said: “We are monitoring the horrible unfolding situation in Broward County, Florida with reports of a shooting at a local high school.
Children as young as 14 were forced to flee for their lives
Writing on Twitter, the President added: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting.
“No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
He added: “Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott.
“We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.”
School Superintendent Robert Runcie said: “I can’t confirm the number at this point but there are numerous fatalities here.
“It is a horrific situation. It’s just a horrible day for us.
“We have no evidence that there has been more than one shooter
“I believe there is an administrator or a teacher who is involved, there may be more.
“It’s a day that you pray every day that you will never have to see
“It is in front of us and I ask the community for their prayers, their support for these children and their families.
“We’re doing everything we possibly can.”
He added: “We cannot live in a world that is built on fear, we have to do what we can to make sure we provide the greatest safety measures we can for our kids.
“What I will say is mental health issues for our kids in this country are growing and that is something that we will need to address.
“No sane person is going to attempt such an atrocity so it is something we will have to deal with.”
Victims were taken to a nearby trauma centre in Fort Lauderdale
One student who knew the alleged attacker said he was a “troubled kid who always had a certain amount of issues going on”.
The student claimed the attacker, believed to have been between 20 and 21 years old, would show his classmates pictures of his guns that he had taken on his phone.
He added: “He knew the layout of the school, he knew where to go. He went to this school for almost 3 years.”
A Spokesman of Broward Health North said: “First and foremost we want to extend out condolences to all those people involved in the tragedy today.
“The suspect was treated and released into police custody. We cannot disclose what injuries he sustained. He said eight patients were received, two patients died, three are in critical
condition, three are in a stable condition.
This is the third most deadly mass shooting in US history.
Three of the eight most deadly shootings in modern US history have happened in the last 5 months: 103 dead and 881 injured in 3 shootings.
More to follow…