Multiple fatalities confirmed following shooting at a high school in Florida 6 months ago

Multiple fatalities confirmed following shooting at a high school in Florida

There are reports of a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

The shooter, who is in police custody, is believed to have opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school on Wednesday afternoon.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office has reported a total of at least 14 victims.

Speaking to CBS Evening News, Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that the gunman is a former student of the high school, and that he was arrested "without incident."

Sheriff Israel also confirmed that "multiple" people have been killed. It is unclear how many of the victims are students of the high school.

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The White House cancelled its planned daily briefing in the wake of the shooting, as President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

Senator Chris Murphy, meanwhile, had powerful words when addressing the shooting in the US Senate.

"This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America," he said.

"This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else."

Today's events mark the eighth school shooting in America that has resulted in an injury or death just seven weeks into the new year.