When a 19-year-old former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida Wednesday, some 3,200 students went into lockdown in classrooms across the campus - one of the biggest high schools in Florida.
He said the victims comprised a mixture of students and adults. VIDEO: School shooting witness: I heard too many gunshots to countOf the 17 casualties, officials say 12 died inside the school, two outside, one on the street and two at the hospital.
Sheriff Israel, whose own triplets graduated from the high school, said what happened makes him sick to his stomach.
"It's catastrophic", he said. 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.
A police officer told her to close her eyes as she walked past a classroom with broken glass, telling her "there's nothing good to see in there", she said. He said they both attended an alternative school, and that he wasn't surprised to hear his former classmate was the one behind the shooting. "It's something you think about every day", Hardy said. "It is a awful day for us".
At least 14 people have been injured in a shooting at a Florida high school, United States authorities said.
Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he did not know of any threats posed by Cruz to the school.
At last check, medical examiners were still walking through the building, looking for anyone else, said Broward Mayor Beam Furr, who was a teacher for 25 years.
He also says the shooter was outside and inside the school at points during the attack. "The governor, the secretary and other administration officials will continue to keep the president updated", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "I would be speculating at this point if there were, but we didn't have any warnings".
Law enforcement sources told CNN the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is tracing the.223 caliber, AR-15 style firearm used in the shootings. "Say it early and often, I'm telling you".