At Least 20 Injured in South Florida High School Shooting

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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said 17 people were dead in the Florida school shooting on Twitter Wednesday.

Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said there were "numerous fatalities".

Simone Kuffner, a Florida mom whose son attends the high school where a mass shooting took place Wednesday afternoon said she has not seen her son yet but knows he's OK. Students were being bused to a Marriott hotel in Coral Springs to meet up with their parents.

Several lawmakers called for gun control on Wednesday, in the wake of a shooting that left more than a dozen people dead or injured.

Fourteen wounded people were transported to area hospitals, Israel told a press conference said. At first, most people though the sounds were firecrackers. "It's catastrophic. There really are no words", he said.

Nelson said he was citing Broward County officials.

The father of a student at the school says the shooter was allegedly "wearing a black vest with a red shirt...and supposedly he pulled the fire alarm and planned it", according to CBS This Morning. I heard about six gunshots.

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"She texted saying there was a shooting and they were in code red and she was barricaded in the media center", he said.

A freshman named Aidan posted a photo on social media from inside his math class while on lockdown.

"We have been liberated". "The question is once you get into the investigation: How did the shooter obtain the weapon?" "Everyone just started freaking out".

McKenzie Hartley, 19, who identified herself as the sister of a student at the school described the scene in a text message to Reuters: "She heard him shooting through the windows of classrooms and two students were shot".

Parkland, with a population of 31,000 people in 2016, was named Florida's safest city a year ago, according to an analysis by the Washington-based National Council for Home Safety and Security, a home security industry trade association. Lisette Rosenblatt, the mother of a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, told All Things Considered that her daughter was familiar with Cruz from previous aggressive incidents.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's JROTC program has a public Facebook page that lists a "Nikolas Cruz" among their members.

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