17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Florida high school Wednesday afternoon, Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel announced Wednesday.
The shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland around dismissal time, and the suspect is now in custody.
Israel said the victims included both students and adults, but did not reveal specific numbers. The suspect, identified by Israel as Nikolas Cruz, 19, is in custody. Israel said he is a former student of the school who got expelled for disciplinary reasons.
Police believe the suspect used an AR-15-style weapon, Israel said, adding he had “countless magazines.”
He said 12 people were killed within the school building, two people were killed just outside the building, one person was killed on a nearby street corner and two people died in the hospital.
He added that two people are currently undergoing surgery.
Israel said officials have begun to “dissect” social media sites related to the suspect, and that “some of the things that have come to mind are very disturbing.”
Israel said that the suspect had been taken to Broward Health North hospital and released to police custody: “I don’t think his injuries were anything significant,” he said.
Israel said the community was enduring “a horrific, horrific day.’