A suspected gunman has been arrested after opening fire on a Florida high school, leaving at least 50 injured.
Police surrounded Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where the ‘heavily armed’ shooter, wearing a gas mask, pulled out a ‘long’ gun at just after 2pm and began shooting.
At around 4pm, two hours after the shooter first opened fire, police and SWAT teams took him into custody. Police describe him as a student and member of the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
Video shows him wearing a maroon or burgundy colored top as he was put in the back of a cruiser by half a dozens officers.
A father named Caesar Figueroa told CBS:
‘My daughter is with a friend and is trapped in a closet. She is afraid to talk out loud. It’s like a war zone here with cops, machine guns, helicopters. The FBI is here, everyone is here. I told my daughter not to call me because I don’t want anyone to hear her voice.’
Photographs taken by students inside the school showed them crouching behind piles of chairs and hiding behind desks.
The shooter reportedly fled the building when police arrived mixing in with others students leaving the school.