A gunman opened fire at a Broward County high school Wednesday, killing 17 people and sending students running for their lives, according to the Broward County Sheriff.
The suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. On Thursday a Judge ordered Cruz to be held without bond.
Governor Scott and Superintendent Robert Runce of Broward Schools joined the Broward County Sheriff to update the incident Thursday morning, watch below:
Shortly following the press conference, President Trump addressed the nation and spoke directly to the families and schoolchildren of the country. He announced his plans to visit Parkland to meet with the families and local officials.
Watch the President's address below:
The shooting took place just before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The shooting began in the school during dismissal, according to Superintendent Runce. Several media outlets report that Cruz pulled the fire alarm causing students to exit their classrooms, that's when the shooting began. 12 people lost their lives inside the school, and three outside it, including someone standing on a street corner, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
The Broward Sheriff's Office says at that 17 victims were transported to local hospitals, two of which passed away from their injuries.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said the state will pay for the funeral costs of the victims and do anything else they can to help. Additionally, the Broward Education Foundation created a GoFundMe to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting.
Students at the school reacted later in the night, giving us insight into how they saw the incident unfold.
"I was like praying saying please God don't let him kill me," sophomore Travon Telfair said.
"We were all getting pushed into one area and that's why I had to hop the fence, I had to get out of there," senior Hector Navarro said.
Earlier Wednesday, a view from helicopters above showed people on stretchers and being placed into the back of ambulances. Rescuers also appeared to be setting up a triage unit in a tent outside the school.
Just spoke with @POTUS about shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the entire community. We will continue to receive briefings from law enforcement and issue updates.