School officer praised for quick actions in Ocala school shooting

Sheriff: Shooting of Florida high school student 'intentional'

Sheriff: Shooting of Florida high school student 'intentional'

Police say "active shooter protocols" saved students' lives as a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, injuring one student in the ankle, in what is now the 20th school shooting in the USA this year.

This shooting comes after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, FL, just over a four-hour drive away.

The 19-year-old Bouche allegedly told Marion County Sheriff's investigators he considered shooting up a church but settled on a school because "it creates more attention".

A school resource officer took a 19-year suspect into custody three minutes after the shooting.

A call was placed to law enforcement at 8:39 a.m.to report the shooting and by 8:42 a.m. the shooter was in custody, according to the Ocala Star Banner. Nikolas Cruz, 1 9, faces the death penalty if convicted from that valentine's shooting.

Craig Ham, Marion County Public Schools' deputy superintendent of operations, told The Associated Press that Bouche was able to bring a shotgun onto campus by placing it in a guitar case and blending in with students.

School officials told of students being taken by bus to First Baptist Church of Ocala, where parents could pick them up.

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"I was just thinking of some of the kids and teachers I knew at that still went to Forest, and about the walkout that was happening this morning", Delgrego said. The faculty along with the schools in the district have been set on a lock-down subsequent to incident.

Students and faculty barricade a classroom door on Friday.

. The boy told Oliver the shooter was standing in a hallway and shot at a closed classroom door.

An alleged school shooter made his first appearance Saturday morning in Marion County. The alleged shooter then dropped his weapon and surrendered to one of his former teachers. Our country is now averaging a staggering 1.25 school shootings a week, and here in Florida this is our second school shooting of 2018.

She that once she's reunited with her daughter, she will "stick to her like Velcro".

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted he was briefed on the shooting.

The Ocala Police Department, the sheriff's office, the Florida Highway Patrol and the FBI were investigating the shooting. Once all students were off campus, authorities began conducting a more methodical search.

Approximately 2,200 students attend Forest High School.

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