Terrifying footage from inside Florida school shooting (VIDEO)
Student Matthew Walker posted a video on Snapchat as he and his classmates hid on the floor of a classroom inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student opened fire on Wednesday.
In the footage, several shots can be heard ringing out near where the students are hiding, and smoke, supposedly from the firearm, starts to fill the classroom while students scream in fear.
Footage from inside Parkland High Schools shooting from today. Latest reports indicate the suspect is in custody, and officials saying there are “14 victims” with numerous fatalities. . It is unclear the extent of the victims injuries at this time. . Update: Miami Herald updates suspected shooter as 19-year-old Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, a former student. . Jim Gard, a math teacher at the school, told the Miami Herald that Cruz had been banned from bringing backpacks to school because of his troubling behavior. . Update: Authorities have confirmed 17 killed and 14 still hospitalized.
A photo posted shortly after the footage was uploaded shows bullet holes in a laptop computer that was sitting on one of the desks in the classroom.
Walker later reassured his followers on the video-sharing app that he was okay and feeling “very blessed to be alive”.
The attack took place shortly before the end of the school day in Parkland, a town about 45 miles north of Miami. Hundreds of panicked students fled the building and emergency services crowded the campus.
"There are numerous fatalities. It's a horrific situation," said Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie to reporters.
The suspected gunman, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, surrendered to police quietly, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.