Gunman carrying gun in guitar case opens fire at Florida high school

Thousands will walk out of class because of her

Thousands will walk out of class because of her

A gunman carrying a shotgun in a guitar case walked into the Forest High School in Ocala about 8.39am on Saturday (Friday local time), just before a national classroom protest was to start to protest gun violence on the anniversary of the 1999 massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School.

"It's a shame what society has come to in that we even have to be here on a school campus", Woods said.

The Sheriff's Office for Marion County said the suspect was in custody following the early morning shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida.

Some students and teachers piled desks and filing cabinets against classroom doors as a makeshift barricade.

Three minutes later, the unnamed officer found a 17-year-old student shot with non-life threatening injuries. His age was not available and no charges were immediately announced.

The statement reads, "Yesterday we tragically lost two sheriff's deputies, Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey, with the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office in a senseless act of violence and cowardice". Nikolas Cruz, 19, faces the death penalty if convicted in that Valentine's Days shooting. Students across the country participated in the National School Walkout on Friday, which marks the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School.

Since then, a number of the student survivors have gone on to become outspoken gun-control activists, organising the nationwide March for Our Lives event as well as monthly school walkouts.

"You could hear in their voice that this wasn't a drill", the 16-year-old junior said.

"I am so glad it was me and not one of my friends", the boy told sheriff's deputies at a hospital, Woods said. "We also started tying together some jackets to hang out the window, in case we needed another way out".

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The sheriff said the suspect was not injured, was not fired at, and was arrested without resistance.

"I didn't hear anything other than people from other classrooms crying and scared", he said.

"What happened down south nearly came here to Marion County, and they need to stop", Woods said at Friday's press conference. They were instructed to leave with their hands up, he said.

He says students were taken to a church, where his parents signed him out and took him home.

Rachael Carter was at the church waiting to be reunited with her daughter, a 10th-grader who turned 16 this week.

Later, while discussing social media and reported threats.

"I'm shaking like a leaf in a hurricane", Carter said.

"Students who saw anything related to the shooting were separated so they could be interviewed by investigators". They divided into teams that cleared all buildings, vehicles and the parking lot area.

The suspect in the 20th U.S. school shooting this year was identified as Sky Bouche, a former Forest High School student, according to Woods.

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