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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Seventeen people were killed and multiple people were injured when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Wednesday, prompting a massive police response and manhunt as frightened students hid in their classrooms.
"It's catastrophic, there really are no words," Sheriff Scott Israel said.
CBS - News - Suspect - Nikolaus - Cruz
CBS News has confirmed that the suspect has been identified as Nikolaus Cruz, 19. A law enforcement source briefed on the shooting said the suspect appears to have pulled the school fire alarm, causing chaos, and then started shooting, reports CBS News news senior investigative producer Pat Milton.
The suspect, who had "at one time" attended the school but was no longer enrolled, was taken into custody without incident off campus, Israel said. He didn't know why the suspect left the school.
Male - Description - Suspect - Custody - CBS
A male that fit the description of the suspect was seen being taken into custody, CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports. He was later transported to the hospital and seen being wheeled into the facility on a gurney.
Broward County Schools superintendent Robert Runcie said there were numerous fatalities, but couldn't confirm the number. He called it a "horrific situation."
Heartbreaking - Tragedy - Runcie
"It's just a heartbreaking tragedy," Runcie said.
Runcie said the shooter entered the school during dismissal. Israel said the shooter was outside and inside the school at various times. Runcie said there was no warning or threats made before the incident.
Students - Authorities - Suspect - Milton - Reports
Some of the current students told authorities they knew the suspect, Milton reports. Student Brandon Minoff, speaking with CBSN, said he had had classes with the suspected shooter. Minoff described the suspect as a "strange kid."
Another student told CBS News about the suspect, "The kid was crazy. I had engineering with him a couple years ago and he wasn't allowed to come to school with a backpack and he would threaten...
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