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Update: 17 confirmed fatalities, up to 50 injured following South Florida school shooting; suspect in custody (graphic content warning)

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Update:(6:45 p.m.): Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has confirmed there are 17 fatalities.  12 of which died inside the school.

Update (5:09 p.m.): The suspect is being identified by multiple new sources as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student.

The Miami Herald is reporting that the student was a known problem. Math teach Jim Gard, who had Cruz in his class last year, told the Herald,  “we were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him.”  “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus,” Gard said.

Update (4:14 p.m.): Florida Senator Bill Nelson has confirmed to CNN just minutes ago that there are “a number of fatalities” in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the suspected shooter is in custody.

Update (4:03 p.m.): WSVN reporter Brian Entin is reporting that the suspect is in custody, approximately 1-mile from the school and authorities are bringing students to positively identify him.

Update: (3:22 p.m.):  20 – 50 people have been injured according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.  The incident is being classified as a mass causality incident.

All area hospitals have been notified and told to prepare for victims.

Earlier:

Multiple students have been wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida.  The number is estimated at more than 20 injured.  There is no information yet on how many, if any, have died.

Several individuals were seen being loaded into ambulances and other emergency vehicles on live television being broadcast from new helicopters overhead. Approximately 3,000 students attend the school there.

SWAT teams are on scene.  School employees and students have been told to barricade themselves in rooms.

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