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Florida HS Shooting Update: 17 Lives Lost, At Least A Dozen Injured, Gunman In custody

Thursday, February 15, 2018
AP/Joel Auerbach

PARKLAND, Fla. (K-LOVE News) - Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County says says 17 people have lost their lives in the shooting attack on a South Florida high school.

(Image: WPLG TV via AP)

The 19-year-old suspect is in custody and that investigators are beginning to "dissect" what happened in the attack Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Israel says the suspect, a former student, was previously expelled for disciplinary reasons. The man had at least one rifle and multiple magazines. Most of the fatalities were inside the building, though some were found fatally shot outside.

(Image: WPLG TV via AP)

Israel says the FBI arrived and will begin processing what he describes as "horrific scene." He called it a "catastrophic day."

Parents described scenes of chaos as they rushed to find their frightened children after a shooting at a South Florida high school.

Caesar Figueroa says he was one of the first parents to arrive at the school, seeking his 16-year-old daughter after the shooting there.

Figueroa says: "It was crazy and my daughter wasn't answering her phone."

According to Figueroa, she texted him that she was hidden in a school closet with friends after she heard gunshots.

Some time later the school evacuated students, bringing them to a parents' staging area at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this story)