Suspect identified in deadly Florida high school shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. (WAND) - Authorities are investigating a shooting inside a Florida high school.

Police say at least 17 people are dead and at least 14-18 injured. In a Wednesday night update, they said they have identified 12 of the people killed.

The shooting is at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Police say the suspect pulled the fire alarm before opening fire on the school.

Just before 3 p.m. a man was shown being taken into custody. That suspect has been identified  as 18-year-old former student Nickolas Cruz. Police said Cruz, was expelled from the school in the past.

The superintendent said he believes the shooter entered the building at dismissal time. NBC Miami said he had a backpack and posed as a student. The superintendent said there are multiple fatalities.

The suspect was initially taken to a local hospital, but was later taken away by law enforcement into custody.

Video from the scene showed kids running from the school and victims being driven away from the scene in ambulances and even golf carts.

The sheriff's office reported at least 14 victims were taken to the hospital.

Buses were brought in to take students to a local Marriott hotel to reunite with their parents.

Broward school leaders say Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be closed on Thursday and Friday in the aftermath of the shooting.

We will update you with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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