FL School Shooter Identified. Former JROTC Student Used Rifle. Video of Shooting Emerges from Classroom

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Nearly 3 hours after the first shots rang out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, FL we are starting to piece together what happened. According to officials there at numerous casualties and at least several fatalities.

Police have taken a suspect, identified as Nicolas Cruz, a 19 year old former student, into custody. Not much is known about Cruz at this time except that he participated in the school’s JROTC program while he was a student and that there may have been numerous signs leading up to the shooting.

According to the Miami Herald:

The 19-year-old ex-student, who has been detained by Broward police, has not been publicly identified as a suspect. But a law-enforcement source identified him as Nicolas Cruz.

“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said math teacher Jim Gard, who said Cruz had been in his class last year. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

According to WSVN, at least one student present today was familiar with Cruz:

A student, who was not identified, said he knows the shooter. “He’s been a troubled kid, and he’s always had a certain amount of issues going on. He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling.”

The student went on to say the suspect had shown him pictures of guns on his phone. “I stayed clear of him most of the time. My time in alternate school, I did not want to be with him at all because I didn’t want to cause any conflict with him because of the impression he gave off.”

Another student interviewed on the scene by WSVN-7 said the student had guns at home and talked about using them.

Prior coverage:

UPDATE 4:21PM EST: Superintendent Robert Runcie: “There are numerous Fatalities, this is a horrible day for us.”

UPDATE 4:08PM EST: Police report that a suspect has been taken into custody. Aerial news coverage captured the following image:

UPDATE 4:01PM EST: Sen. Bill Nelson tells Fox News that “many people have died” at the shooting.

UPDATE 3:54PM EST: According to CNN: “Fire alarm went off at 2:40 eastern, 10 minutes before the end of the day. Students filed out and that’s when the shooting started. During that chaos, policed arrived on scene. Many of the students panicked and ran away from the school. Others went back into the school and locked themselves in classrooms.”

UPDATE 3:34PM EST: Reports state that there is an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and that multiple people have been wounded. Local authorities are warning people to stay out of the area as they are “working a developing incident.” Students and faculty have been advised to remain barricaded in the school until officers can reach them.

The incident began on Wednesday morning. Reports of shots fired at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida prompted a police response.

Multiple students are saying that the school had undergone a fire drill earlier in the day, and that some were outside for the fire drill when the shooter began shooting. The students who were coming out of the school would have been massed together.

According to Fox 5, multiple injured are being treated outside of the school, though the exact number of injured is unclear. Early estimates say there are as many as 20 injured, and some students who are reporting from the scene say there are some, possibly two, students dead.

At 11:53 am local time, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “#BSO is working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter located at 5901 Pine Island Rd, Parkland. Here’s what we know so far: deputies are responding to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High. There are reports of victims. PIO will be on scene 3:15pm.”

As of approximately 3:12 pm, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the shooter was still at large. We’ll bring you more when more details are available.