Florida school shooting kills 17, suspect taken into custody

The suspect, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland was previously expelled for disciplinary reasons.

Cruz was arrested without incident shortly before 4 p.m.at a location off campus, deputies said.

The sheriff said police were looking at "extremely disturbing" posts he had made on social media.

The sheriff's office confirmed at least 17 people died - 15-killed on site - two died later at the hospital.

"School shooting. Mom where are you".

He said several SWAT teams were deployed during the afternoon and cleared every building at the school complex to ensure there were no other threats.

Monique Golberg was holding her 15-year-old daughter, Leah, after they were reunited.

Jim Gard, a math teacher at the school said, "We were told previous year that he [Cruz] wasn't allowed on campus with a backpack on him".

"As a parent, it's kind of earth-shattering when you start learning about this", he said.

In addition to his duties as an assistant coach, Feis was a security guard at the South Florida school from which he graduated in 1999.

Students released from a lockdown are overcome with emotion following following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

One injured victim was seen being placed into an ambulance on a stretcher. Another two incidents were gun suicides, claiming the lives of one student and one adult on school property.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said: "No words, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country".

Yet even as officials gain a clearer understanding of how the shooter conducted the attack, law enforcement is opening its investigation into a still more hard question: why.

Administrators sent an email to teachers warning them about Cruz, Gard told the paper.

"The alarm went off so we had to evacuate from our classes", she said.

Earlier in the day, there was a real fire drill and many students and teachers thought it was a false alarm when they heard the siren again.

Some of the terrified students hid inside the closets and under desks.

"We were in there for probably 40 minutes". We had to squeeze through a fence to get out.

My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the awful Florida shooting.

She says it's' a healing process."It happened today, but what about tomorrow, what about the next day or the next year will i ever be ok with going back to school and its sad that kids have to feel that way", she said.

Paramedics were treating those who appeared to be students with injuries.

"I'm glad that she's able to text", she added.

Vanessa Coleman