"It is a terrible day for us".
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters students have been transported to the Marriott, a local hotel in Heron Bay.
As news of the shooting spread, desperate parents gathered near the property searching for their children. Shortly after 4pm EST (9pm GMT) on Wednesday (14 February), Broward Sheriff's Office tweeted that the male shooter was in custody.
A father said Cruz pulled a fire alarm at the school and that caused students and teachers to come out of their classroom so he could start shooting in the hallway. Live footage showed emergency workers appearing to treat possibly wounded people on the sidewalks.
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The shooter however is still at large and the Broward Sheriff's Office is actively launching a manhunt for him.
- Authorities responded to reports of a shooting at about 2.30pm.
More than five years have passed since a gunman killed 20 first graders and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, stirring the long U.S. debate about gun rights, which are protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Students wait to be picked up after the shooting.
Coral Springs Police said on Twitter the school was locked down and that students and teachers inside should remain barricaded until police reach them.
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At least one teacher said he had been flagged as a potential threat and that he was a big enough concern that administrators had banned Cruz from campus. Other students were seen lined up one by one, leaving the area in an orderly fashion. Law enforcement says Cruz carried out the attack that killed at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and left others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. There are police sirens outside.
Since the 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot dead, warning procedures and emergency drills have multiplied at USA schools.
Caesar Figueroa told CNN his daughter was hiding in a closet and texting her family.
The high school is located in Broward County.
Mr Murray raced to the school only to be stopped by authorities under an overpass within view of the school buildings in Parkland.
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"We will pay for the funeral expenses of these poor victims", Bondi said. And he said he remained anxious for all those inside.