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17 killed at high school shooting in Parkland, Florida

Parents stand about a mile from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida (Image: Carli Teproff/Miami Herald)

17 people were killed and 17 are injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida after sheriff deputies responded to an active shooter incident at the school around 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday February 14. The Broward County Sheriff’s office has said that the shooter is in custody.

Representatives from Broward Health System confirmed in a news conference Wednesday evening that 17 patients were treated at three hospitals. The Broward North hospital received eight victims and the suspect, who was later released. Of the victims, two are dead, three are in critical condition, and three are in stable condition.

According to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, the suspect has been named as a 19-year-old, and was both inside and outside the school “at varying times.” Media reports  from the AP and New York Times indicate the weapon used was an AR-15 rifle, which the shooter legally purchased approximately a year ago.

Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie told CBS News they believe the individual took an Uber to the school around when classes were to be released for the day, and set off the fire alarm.

There have been at least 11 school shootings in the United States as of January 23, according to the New York Times.

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