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At least 17 killed in Florida school shooting, sources say

A gunman opened fire at a Southern Florida high school today, killing at least 17 people and sending students running for their lives, according to two law enforcement officers on the scene.

-- At least 14 victims were taken to hospitals from the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Broward Sheriff's Office said, though their conditions were not immediately clear.

-- The suspect was taken into custody off campus but the scene is still active as SWAT teams clear the school, the sheriff's office said.

-- The suspect slipped out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, according to two law enforcement sources and an eyewitness.

-- The suspect's name is Nicolas Cruz, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

-- The sheriff said Cruz is believed to be about 18 years old and is not a current student. He had attended the school but it is not clear when he left, the sheriff's office said. 

-- Students were seen sprinting out of the school with their hands up as authorities with guns drawn swarmed the area. Other students were seen lined up one by one, leaving the area in an orderly fashion. Some students were hysterical, reported ABC affiliate WPLG

 Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.WPLG

Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

 First responders report after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.WPLG

First responders report after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

 Women embrace in a waiting area for parents of students after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.Joel Auerbach/AP

Women embrace in a waiting area for parents of students after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.more +

Student Michael Katz told ABC News that at the end of the day he "heard what sounded like a garbage truck like banging."

"Then also I hear, 'Boom, boom, boom.' I hear screaming everywhere," he said. "I just got underneath my teacher's desk."

"We had police invade the school, and we were taken out," Katz said. "Fortunately, my father was there to pick me up."

 People emerge from a building with their hands raised after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.WPLG

People emerge from a building with their hands raised after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.more +

 People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school on Feb. 14, 2018 in Parkland, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school on Feb. 14, 2018 in Parkland, Fla.

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One mother shaking with worry told WPLG her daughter said she was OK, huddled in a locked classroom.

"She's terrified," the mother said. "I'm glad that she's able to text."

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Freshman student Samuel Dykes told the Orlando Sentinel that he was on the third floor of the school when he heard gunshots.

Officers told students to look forward as they evacuated, but Dykes told the newspaper that he saw several bodies in a classroom.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called it a "horrific homicidal act."

 Family members embrace following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla.Wilfredo Lee/AP

Family members embrace following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla.

 First responders transport a person on a stretcher after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.WPLG

First responders transport a person on a stretcher after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.more +

Another mother told the affiliate that her daughter "keeps telling me to stay away. 'Be safe, Mom, stay away.'"

"I won’t stay away," she said, telling her daughter, "I'm your mother."

 Anxious family members wait for news of students as two people embrace, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Wilfredo Lee/AP

Anxious family members wait for news of students as two people embrace, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla.

The school district said in a statement that close to "dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site."

 A map shows the location of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.ABC News

A map shows the location of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

There are over 3,000 students at the school, according to its website.

President Donald Trump tweeted, "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." 

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

ABC News' Pierre Thomas, Rachel Katz, Matt Gutman, Josh Margolin, Jack Date and Ben Stein contributed to this report.

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