At least 17 people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Florida on Wednesday afternoon.
The shooting happened at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl., before 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Students were seen running from the building, as authorities surrounded the building and rushed inside.
The shooter was taken into custody and was identified as Nikolas Cruz.
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Local leaders and organizations have been taking to social media to send thoughts and prayers to those involved.
This is the 18th school shooting since Jan. 1.
President Donald Trump posted his condolences on Twitter, saying "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal posted to Twitter saying “Closely following reports of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida – my thoughts are with the victims, loved ones, and all affected. Thankful for the swift action of courageous first responders on scene.”
Closely following reports of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida – my thoughts are with the victims, loved ones, and all affected. Thankful for the swift action of courageous first responders on scene.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) February 14, 2018
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy tweeted "Oh no. Again. Sending every good thought I have to Parkland right now."
Later Wednesday night, Murphy tweeted "Don't tell me tomorrow isn't the appropriate time to debate gun violence. If you're a political leader doing nothing about this slaughter, you're an accomplice."
The Newtown Action Alliance took to Twitter, saying Today's school shooting is the 291st since Sandy Hook. What will it take for @realDonaldTrump and the Republican Members of Congress @SenateGOP @HouseGOP to do more than send thoughts and prayers? Are they willing to sacrifice more children to protect the gun industry/gun lobby?"
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty said "The events in Parkland are hitting far too close to home. I'm sick for the students. I'm sick for their parents. I'm sick for the community, for the first responders who once again are forced to treat an American school as a war zone..." She continued on to say "We think of America as an exceptional country. We are - we are the exception to the rule that mass shootings do not occur in schools, churches, concerts, and other public locations on an alarmingly regular basis."
I was on a phone call this afternoon when I looked up to see images of children running out of schools, hiding under desks, and walking past armored vehicles parked outside their school. I am beyond sick. Nobody should want this for our country. No one.— Elizabeth Esty (@RepEsty) February 14, 2018
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said "Saddened and frustrated by the images coming out of Parkland. Keeping these students & their families in my thoughts. This is not normal."
Saddened and frustrated by the images coming out of Parkland. Keeping these students & their families in my thoughts. This is not normal. https://t.co/bKbtnUI8Lf— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) February 14, 2018
Sandy Hook Promise tweeted "Utterly horrifying. We are heartbroken. #ProtectOurKids."
Erica Lafferty, the daughter of the principal murdered in the Sandy Hook school shooting also took to social media, replying to President Trump saying "You’re right. I’ve been saying this since my mom was murdered at #SandyHook in 2012. So, is it finally time to talk #gunsense? I’m happy to share my experience with you to help brainstorm solutions."
Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a statement on Wednesday, saying "Our hearts break for the lives cut short and for the families who have been robbed of a loved one. The injured remain in our thoughts, as do the heroic first responders. While we don’t know all the details of this horrific event, this is act of carnage is all too familiar. This is the 18th school shooting in the 45 days of 2018. That’s not acceptable. Surely we can all agree that our classrooms should be places of learning where kids don’t have to worry about the threat of unspeakable violence. I once again implore Congress to do something to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Enough is enough.”
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said "We are horrified by yet another incident of gun violence in our schools. Our prayers are with the victims of this terrible event, and their families. We are thinking about the many students, staff, and faculty who have had to go through this tragedy in Florida and throughout the nation. In Connecticut, we know what that means first-hand, and our hearts are with the people of Florida as they move forward.”
Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara also shared comments on Twitter, saying "We @FPDCT know that instances of school violence raise fear in parents, teachers & students. While it won’t alleviate all your fear just know Members of Fairfield Ct Police - school safety unit continue to work hard to keep our schools safe."
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