Florida has just been hit with another school shooting, making it the 20th attack on a campus the country has had this year. Students and staff have been bussed away from the school, to clear the area and transport them to safety while the gunman was at large. Officers have now confirmed that they have the shooter in custody.
One student from Forest High School in Ocala, Florida has been injured from the shooting and thankfully, there have been no deaths in this attack. A gunman opened fire on campus today, Friday, April 20, in the morning as students were arriving at school. The single victim was hit in the ankle by the shooter’s gunfire.
According to CNBC, “police say the suspected shooter is also a student at the school.”
A student was wounded and a suspect is in custody after a shooting Friday morning at a high school in Ocala, Florida, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The student was shot in the ankle, said Kevin Christian, Marion Public Schools spokesman. It’s the 20th US school shooting this year.
Authorities asked residents to avoid the area of Forest High School, which was surrounded by emergency vehicles and buses transporting students away from the scene.
The Washington Post reports the chaos that ensued as the gunman opened fire:
The father of a witness to the shooting told the newspaper that the shooter was standing in the hallway and shot at a classroom door that was shut — then dropped the weapon, ran and tried to hide.
Authorities took the suspect into custody shortly after. The person’s identity was not released, and investigators have not given details about a suspected motive.
The shooting at a public high school prompted panic in the city of nearly 60,000 people. Parents rushed to the school to pick up rattled children, only to be directed elsewhere by sheriff’s deputies.
One photo from the school showed a tangle of desks, chairs and books piled up against a door.
School shooting at my school, this crap is terrifying…. Praying for everyone. There was actually a scheduled walkout today. It becomes super real when it's your school. pic.twitter.com/Kafx9qvMWn
— RoboKast (@RoboKast) April 20, 2018
A district-wide walkout against gun violence had been planned for today but was canceled before the attack.
“As Forest High students were being bused to First Baptist Church of Ocala to be reunited with their parents, students at some 2,500 schools around the country were walking out of their classrooms as part of the National School Walkout against gun violence,” CNN reported.
“Forest High was to participate, according to a Thursday post on the school’s Twitter account. School walkouts were canceled districtwide in Marion County after the Forest High shooting, according to school board member Nancy Stacy.”
This latest attack will likely reinvigorate the gun debate that had somewhat subsided since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre in Parkland, Florida, which is approximately four hours from Ocala. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured or killed and the police response was immediate and effective in getting the shooter in custody before anyone else was harmed.
“Forest High, which was ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has about 2,100 students,” CNN added. “Ocala is about 65 miles northwest of Orlando.”