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A gunman opened fire at a Southern Florida high school today, killing at least 15 people and sending students running for their lives, according to two law enforcement officers on the scene.
-- At least 14 victims were taken to hospitals from the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Broward Sheriff's Office said, though their conditions were not immediately clear.
-- The suspect was taken into custody off campus but the scene is still active as SWAT teams clear the school, the sheriff's office said.
-- The suspect slipped out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, according to two law enforcement sources and an eyewitness.
-- The suspect's name is Nicolas Cruz, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
-- The sheriff said Cruz is believed to be about 18 years old and is not a current student. He had attended the school but it is not clear when he left, the sheriff's office said.
-- Students were seen sprinting out of the school with their hands up as authorities with guns drawn swarmed the area. Other students were seen lined up one by one, leaving the area in an orderly fashion. Some students were hysterical, reported ABC affiliate WPLG.
Student Michael Katz told ABC News that at the end of the day he "heard what sounded like a garbage truck like banging."
"Then also I hear, 'Boom, boom, boom.' I hear screaming everywhere," he said. "I just got underneath my teacher's desk."
"We had police invade the school, and we were taken out," Katz said. "Fortunately, my father was there to pick me up."
Worried parents wait for students amid shooting situation at South Florida high school
Student says he saw two apparently dead bodies outside his classroom door
There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year: Group
One mother shaking with worry told WPLG her daughter said she was OK, huddled in a locked classroom.
"She's terrified," the mother said. "I'm glad that she's able to text."
Freshman student Samuel Dykes told the Orlando Sentinel that he was on the third floor of the school when he heard gunshots.
Officers told students to look forward as they evacuated, but Dykes told the newspaper that he saw several bodies in a classroom.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called it a "horrific homicidal act."
FBI director's resignation demanded after agency admits it got tip Florida shooter had 'desire to kill'
FBI admits to mishandling warning signs.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is demanding the immediate resignation of the FBI director after the agency admitted it failed to take action on a tip that suspect Nikolas Cruz in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill," access to guns and could be plotting an attack.
"The FBI's failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable. The FBI has admitted that they were contacted last month by a person who called to inform them of Cruz's 'desire to kill people,' and 'the potential of him conducting a school shooting,'" Scott said in a statement .
"We constantly promote 'see something, say something,' and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. 'See something, say something' is an incredibly important tool, and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI director needs to resign."
The call comes as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered an immediate review of the Department of Justice and FBI processes in the wake of the admission.
Warning signs missed, says Sessions
Sessions said Friday the shooting that killed 17 people was a "tragic consequence" of the FBI's failures. He said it's now clear that the nation's premier law enforcement agency missed warning signs.
In more evidence that there had been signs of trouble with Cruz, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Friday news conference that his office had received more than 20 calls about him in the past few years.
So....the FBI dropped the ball twice, and the Sheriff’s department dropped it countless times. Gee, if the FBI had followed through, just maybe they’d have notified the Sheriff’s department, who might have taken some action.....they might have even notified the school Cruz was EXPELLED from! Multiple and tragic fails.
This all blows my mind, JG! The FBI was to busy playing Russian Roulette and trying to hide their tracks with the fake stuff on Trump. Now, there are 17 dead kids adults. I really think Wray needs to go. I don't like him and I don't trust him!
The FBI KNEW Cruz was a threat. Local police had been called to his house 36 TIMES for his crazy behavior. They KNEW he owned several guns. They KNEW he threatened the school.
THEY DID NOTHING.
I think they better totally clean out the 7th floor of the FBI pronto! They did nothing about alot of things. The school shooter, the Boston bombers, the Florida nightclub, etc.
Locals were called there dozens of times, and he wasn’t watched by them either!
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