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Breaking: Shooting at Florida high school; multiple injuries reported, students evacuated
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Breaking: Shooting at Florida high school; multiple injuries reported, students evacuated

Reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, emerged on Wednesday afternoon.

According to CNN, the Broward County Sheriff's Office is responding to the scene. A person of interest has been identified in the shooting, but his current whereabouts are unknown.

The sheriff's office reported that the shooter is still at large.

The department tweeted, "Follow @browardsheriff for latest info on the #stonemanshooting. Shooter still at large."

Broward Schools tweeted, "Today, close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site."

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that SWAT is on-site and emergency workers are treating injuries on the sidewalks.

The Coral Springs Police advised locals to avoid calling 911 for non-emergencies.

"Police are working an active shooter scene, and ask that if you are in touch with your student you ask that they remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room, this is for everyone's safety. Do NOT call our 911 or non-emergency number unless it is an emergency," a tweet from the department read.

Fox News reported on Wednesday that law enforcement has a male person of interest in custody.

The Broward County Sheriff's Department later confirmed this information on social media.

"Shooter is now in custody. Scene is still active. #stonemanshooting," a tweet from their account read.

The outlet also reported that Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) reportedly said there were many deaths as a result of the shooting.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting, 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."

He added, "Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting."

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told Fox News affiliate WSVN-TV that there were "numerous fatalities," and called the incident a "horrific situation."

CBS News later tweeted a cell phone video allegedly filmed during the shooting.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that the suspect was not an active student at the school and is approximately 18 years old, according to Fox News.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Sarah is a former staff writer for TheBlaze, and a former managing editor and producer at TMZ. She resides in Delaware with her family. You can reach her via Twitter at @thesarahdtaylor.