Deadly School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

PARKLAND, Fla. (NBC News) -  A gunman opened fire at a South Florida high school on Wednesday afternoon, killing multiple people, officials said.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office tweeted that there were "at least 17 victims" after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. It was not immediately clear how many of those victims were injured and how many had died.

But Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., citing Broward County officials, told NBC News that there were "a number of fatalities."

"This is a really bad day," the senator said.

Authorities responded to an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland around 2:30 p.m. and said that the gunman was not in custody. More than an hour later, just after 4 p.m., the Broward County Sheriff's Office announced on Twitter that a suspect had been apprehended, adding that the scene was still active.

Earlier, the sheriff's office tweeted that "there are reports of victims," but it wasn't immediately clear how many people were injured.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on Twitter that he was "monitoring the horrible unfolding situation in Broward County, Florida with reports of a shooting at a local high school."

FBI agents from the Miami division were en route, officials said.

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