In another senseless act of gun violence in America, A gunman opened fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday afternoon, causing “a number of fatalities,” authorities said, according top several reports. As expected, President Trump responded by offering thoughts and prayers for the victims, but failed to address the increasing gun violence in America or call for stricter gun control.
Authorities responded to an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland around 2:30 p.m. 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, NBC News reported.
Broward County Public Schools said on Twitter that the sound of gunfire broke out shortly before school was dismissed for the day, and that it received reports of “multiple injuries.”
CBS Miami, citing the Margate Fire Department, reported that 20 to 40 people may be injured.
Aerial footage from WSVN showed a number of people lying on the ground outside the school, being treated for injuries and moved to ambulances. As students streamed away from the school, some ran while others walked quickly in orderly lines with their hands on or above their heads.
Dozens of law enforcement vehicles are on site, including one tank, along with a team of heavily armed law enforcement officers. Agents from the Miami office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the scene, a spokesman said.
President Donald Trump responded to the massacre by offering prayers for the victims:
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Twitter users were quick to call out Trump’s hypocrisy:
You. Are. A. Moron.
— Kris Huntley (@kris_huntley) February 14, 2018
then make it friggin harder to get a gun
— butchieodwyer (@butchieodwyer) February 14, 2018
Prayers do nothing but one of your first executive orders was to let anyone buy a gun. You are owned by the NRA pic.twitter.com/L9hYti9tn8
— The Sports Whisperer (@MonteAJP23) February 14, 2018
— Michele Che 🌊🌎☮️✊🏽= (@MicheleChevere1) February 14, 2018
How many children have to die before you and congress get real about gun control
— Ellen Denning (@eldenning) February 14, 2018
This is the 18th school shooting in 2018 — do something
— Andrew Strauss (@straussanator) February 14, 2018
— Jamie DeRosa (@JamieDeRosa) February 14, 2018
The U. S. is literally where 90% of all school shootings happen Donald
— Aviram L. S. (@AviramLS) February 14, 2018
We don’t need your prayers we need common sense gun laws!
— Latrina Stewart (@LatrinaStewar10) February 14, 2018
Thoughts and prayers. It’s still too soon to talk about SENSIBLE gun laws. #GunControlNow
— Michael Kelley (@Lizzyjack) February 14, 2018
This is your fault.
— Patricia Buchanan (@PatriciaRaye) February 14, 2018
Spare us. This won’t help the victims or thousands of kids who now are traumatized by the horror today in #Parkland
— 🌊Suzanne Trimel 🌊 (@STrimel) February 14, 2018
'Thoughts and prayers' — and fistfuls of NRA money: Why America can't control guns – LA Times https://t.co/zfMI5EEdSs
— Forever Logical 🌊🇺🇸🌊 (@ForeverLogical) February 14, 2018
I really feel the thoughts and prayers are going to work this time.
— Richard von BusackRe (@RvonB) February 14, 2018
youre bought and paid for by the nra. you help to make this happen.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 14, 2018
— cheninboutwell (@cheninboutwell) February 14, 2018