Several people were killed and up to 14 people have been injured after a shooting at a school in Florida.
The incident took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, 45 miles north of Miami around hometime Wednesday afternoon.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson told NBC news there were a ‘number of fatalities’, with local Broward Sheriff’s Department confirming at least 14 people were injured.
Another station, Fox 8, said five people were seen being treated by paramedics, as it was reported that the suspect had been taken into custody.
Asked how many shots he counted, one eyewitness told another local TV station ‘Too many to count.’
President Trump tweeted his condolences shortly after, writing: ‘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.’
‘My thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the entire community.
‘We will continue to receive briefings from law enforcement and issue updates.”
Mr Trump later added: ‘Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.’
Panicked parents checked on their children during the shooting.
‘My daughter, as of right now, she’s still trapped in a closet. She’s afraid to speak, dad Caesar Figueroa told CBS News.
‘I told her, ‘Don’t call me, because I don’t want no one to hear your voice.’ So, she’s still trapped in a closet in there.’
Footage from a local TV helicopter showed children being evacuated from the school
The school, which has 3,100 pupils, was put on ‘Code Red’ lockdown, amid reports the shooter is still at large.
TV footage showed pupils filing out of their classrooms with their hands above their heads.